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Czech Republic beats Canada in testy WJHC camp finale

{eot} Staff
8/9/2014 2:25:32 AM
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Team Canada wrapped up its tournament at their world junior development camp on a losing note Friday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Czech Republic in a game that saw nearly 80 minutes in penalties handed out in the final period.

Boston Bruins first-round pick David Pastrnak led the Czezhs with two goals and an assist, but his performance took a backseat to some nasty play from both teams as the minutes ticked down.

With Canada down 4-2 early in the third, forward Nick Ritchie received a two-minute minor and a ten-minute misconduct for making head contact on a hit. Ritchie also went after Czech defenceman Lukas Klok with a punch as the final whistle blew. Klok was the player who hit Canadian blueliner Aaron Ekblad on Tuesday, leaving the Florida Panthers prospect with a concussion and an early exit from camp.

Later in the third period, Canada was on the receiving end after Robby Fabbri was leveled at centre ice by Marek Baranek of the Czechs. While Fabbri had to be helped off with no weight on his left leg, the inital word after the game was that the Guelph forward suffered a charley horse and would be all right.

The game got worse as the period came to a close, with scrums after almost every whistle and as many as 10 players in the penalty box at the same time for both teams.

Connor McDavid and Bo Horvat scored for Canada, who finishes the tournament with a 3-1 record. McDavid, considered by many to be the top prospect in next year's NHL draft, finished camp with a goal and an assist in two games.

Canada's final evaluation camp will take place in December, with the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning on Boxing Day.

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