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Said Jonathan Drouin: "It was a little wake up call for us."
"First time beating Canada, and we are all so happy," Simon said. "It was a great game for us. On the bench we were shouting.
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"You come into this tournament knowing how good the opposition is," said forward Sam Reinhart, Adidas Los Angeles Grey Trainers
The challenge is clear for Sutter and his coaching staff.
"It's a good learning tool, a good lesson for us."
"We have all been a part of international tournaments in the past, and it has all been good competition. We are going to go through a lot of adversity so we are already looking forward to the next one and have to prepare for that one now."
Only the outfit in 1987 was younger, and that was the year the lights went out in Piestany, when Canada and the Soviet Union brawled their way right out of the tournament.
Canada loses in SO
"When it goes like that in the third period, your emotions are so high, and then you lose in a shootout, and it's tough," captain Scott Laughton said. "(Losses like that) are always going to weigh in the back of your head."
"It's all part of the growing pains of moving along here," Sutter said. "For our players, it was a good reality check to understand and know every period is really important.
Will the game be a one off, or is it an indication of what's to come? This is the second youngest group of Canadians, collectively, to represent the country in the world junior, with an average age of 18 years, 10 months and 25 days.
There were just five shots on Czech goalie Marek Langhammer in the second period as Canada decided to get fancy, and the Czechs scored the only goal.
In the game's immediate aftermath in the bowels of the Malmo Isstadion, the players were saying the right things. But we won't know until the puck drops Monday against Slovakia to what extent the words will be backed up.
who had a goal and an assist. "That's one game. The focus is quickly on to the next one.
Sutter, with back to back games looming Monday and Tuesday, promised a light practice Sunday. He liked some things Canada did against the Czechs, but undoubtedly, will focus on what didn't go well.
lot. Now, we are much more confident. All of the team worked so great."
cramped mixed zone, Simon relayed a much different message.
It was a calm and matter of fact Sutter who met with reporters following a stunning 5 4 shootout loss to the Czech Republic, a dose of adversity this team won't have much choice but to skate around.
Canada hadn't lost to the Czech Republic in 14 previous games in the world junior championship, going 12 0 2 while outscoring the Czechs 66 20. But that changed before a mostly pro Canadian crowd (with kudos to the small but boisterous group of Czech supporters) of 3,011, when undrafted Dominik Adidas Primeknit Pro Direct Simon used a nifty deke to beat goalie Jake Paterson in the shootout.
"When you put the Canadian jersey on, you are expected to win every game, but the reality is, you are not going to," Sutter said. "It's how you deal with it and how you handle it, and it's going to make us a better team for what happened here.
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Though the Canadians tied the game three times in the third the fourth goal coming from Charles Hudon at 13:01 there was not a sense that Canada was going to put the Czechs away.
But Sutter already was setting the wheels in motion to start preparing for Slovakia.
The game was tied 1 1 after the first period, but the Canadians had little interest in taking over after Reinhart's goal late in the first.
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