BRATISLAVA – Following a heartbreaking 8-2 loss in the Quarter-Finals to the Czech Republic, Team Canada were playing for pride, but as their seeding for the 2019 World Championships, meaning there was still some stake for their final game in Bratislava. Their opponent would be Germany, who lost to the United States 4-1, giving the U.S. all they could handle, as they were the only country to not allow the Americans to score at least 8 goals.
Josh Foote opened the scoring while short-handed for the Canadians, however that lead wouldn’t last long as early into the second period the Germans would tie it up. Following that tying goal, Mississauga Mission Rattler Jonah Renouf wired a shot past the German goaltender to get his second of the tournament, and give Canada the lead once again. The goal from Renouf seemed to open the flood gate, as Josh Foote would once again score short-handed on a breakaway to give Canada a 3-1 lead. After that, Brett Bulmer would score in the final minute of the first half, increasing the lead to 4-1.
Following a quick German goal to start the third period, Canada would get that goal back to restore their 3-goal lead, after a beautiful goal from Nate Renouf to earn his first of the tournament, set up by his brother Jonah. The crusade would continue as with a delayed penalty, Canada would gain an extra attacker and Brett Bulmer would capitalize for his second of the game to make it a 6-2 game.
Gaining an extra attacker once more following a delayed penalty, Shaun Furlong would score off of a backdoor feed from, to make it a 7-3 lead. Despite a comfortable lead in the final frame, the goals would simply continue to pile on as Schael Higson would score to make it and 8-3 game, but that would not be the final goal, as Germany would tally one more with one second left in the game, nothing new for the Canadians as it happened to them against the Czech’s and the Slovak’s, fortunately it was disallowed.
Josh Foote earned Player of the Game, after his two goals short-handed proved to be the difference maker for the Canadians. That would not be the last of the awards for Foote, as he would be rewarded as Canada’s Player of the Tournament. He finished the World Championships with 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist).
Canada will now have to wait for the result of the Slovakia/Croatia game to see where they will finish to conclude their World Championships. With a Slovakia victory, Canada would finish 6th in the tournament, however with a Croatia win Canada would finish as the 5th best team in the tournament.
UPDATE: Slovakia defeated Croatia 8-4, meaning Team Canada finished 6th place, while Croatia and Germany will battle for who will stay in the Top Division for the 2019 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships.
FINAL GAME NOTES
-Canada would continue their woes in the penalty box, as they would find themselves short-handed at 4 different times during the game.
-Canada had 34 shots, while Germany could only get 13.
-13 players would get on the score sheet for Team Canada.