Quick starts Canada's hallmark
SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
|Team Canada celebrates a goal against Team USA during a World Junior Hockey Championship match at Rexall Place in Edmonton Alta., Dec. 31, 2011. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - If you're one of the lucky ones with tickets to Canada's semifinal, get there early.
The Canadians have made a habit of striking fast.
The Canucks have found the back of the net in the opening six minutes of every game they've played.
Usually, it's Mark Stone getting Canada started.
But forward Boone Jenner has played his part as well.
"We always want to get off to a good start," Jenner said. "The crowd's always loud at the start, so a couple of big hits, or putting the puck in the net, it gets the crowd going even more.
"(Canada head coach Don Hay) is looking for that energy right off the start, and it's something I like to do."
Jenner ran over Olli Maatta early in the opener on Boxing Day, knocking the Finnish defenceman out of the tournament with a concussion.
Captain Jaden Schwartz said he'll make sure his team is harnessing its energy properly.
"You want to make sure you're up for the game and you're energized," Schwartz said. "We want guys working hard, but we want to make sure we're not running around or trying to do too much."
Forward Freddie Hamilton said grabbing the momentum early in the game will be a big key.
"Our coaches have stressed we need good starts," Hamilton said. "We need to show that we're there to play, get them thinking and grab some momentun right off the back.
"We've had some great starts, and that'll be the gameplan again."
The rabid Canadian crowd -- first in Edmonton, now in Calgary -- will be a factor, Hamilton said.
"When we first skate on the ice, all the red sweaters, everyone's cheering so loud, the 'Canada' chants "¦
"If you're not ready right off the bat, there's something wrong with you."
DRAWING FIRST BLOOD
vs. Finland 2:14 Mark Stone
vs. Czech 5:37 Mark Stone
vs. Denmark 2:34 Quinton Howden
vs. USA 5:39 Mark Stone
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