Team Canada takes over Rogers Arena this weekend

Dec 22 2018, 4:56 pm

Rogers Arena has been a busy place this week, but it’s about to get a whole lot busier.

The Vancouver Warriors pro lacrosse team made their home debut on Friday, a day before the Canucks play the final game of a five-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets.

Sunday, the ice becomes the property of the World Juniors, as Canada holds their final tune-up game against Finland (tickets are still available).

Canada is a perfect 2-0 in pre-tournament games, beating Switzerland and Slovakia this week in Victoria.

After an unimpressive 5-3 win over the Swiss on Wednesday, Canada was firing on all cylinders against the Slovaks Friday.

Getting points from 12 different players and outshooting their opponent 45-23, Canada jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, en route to a 6-1 win.

โ€œGood effort start to finish,” said Team Canada head coach Tim Hunter. “Offence was spread around. Ian Scott played really well and real calm in net when he had to make a stop and just the consistency in trying to play our game right from the get-go.”

The battle for the starting job in goal has already begun, as Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott appears to have the early edge. Scott stopped 22 of 23 shots in Friday’s win, while Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro let in three goals on just 17 shots two nights earlier.

“I felt pretty confident. I went into thinking it was just another game and I think thatโ€™s what helped,” Scott said after Friday’s game. “There were moments where it felt like much bigger than that. I mean, you look around and the crowdโ€™s doing the wave and stuff like that, but after a while you just settle in and youโ€™re fine.”

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Whoever starts Sunday’s game will get Canada’s stiffest pre-tournament test. Champions in 2014 and 2016, Finland has had recent success at the World Juniors. This year, they’re armed with Kaapo Kakko, the early favourite to be drafted No. 2 overall (behind Jack Hughes) in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The tournament begins for real on Boxing Day. Rogers Arena hosts two games on the opening day of the tournament, with the Czech Republic taking on Switzerland at 1 pm, followed by Canada vs Denmark at 5 pm.

Rogers Arena will host up to 19 games in total during the 11-day tournament, which wraps up January 5.

Schedule

Group A games (Vancouver):

Date Time Location Game
Wed, Dec 26 1:00 PM Vancouver Czech Rep vs Switzerland
Wed, Dec 26 5:00 PM Vancouver Canada vs Denmark
Thu, Dec 27 1:00 PM Vancouver Russia vs Denmark
Thu, Dec 27 5:00 PM Vancouver Switzerland vs Canada
Fri, Dec 28 5:00 PM Vancouver Czech Rep vs Russia
Sat, Dec 29 1:00 PM Vancouver Denmark vs Switzerland
Sat, Dec 29 5:00 PM Vancouver Canada vs Czech Rep
Sun, Dec 30 5:00 PM Vancouver Switzerland vs Russia
Mon, Dec 31 1:00 PM Vancouver Denmark vs Czech Rep
Mon, Dec 31 5:00 PM Vancouver Russia vs Canada

Group B games (Victoria):ย 

Date Time Location Game
Wed, Dec 26 3:30 PM Victoria USA vs Slovakia
Wed, Dec 26 7:30 PM Victoria Finland vs Sweden
Thu, Dec 27 3:30 PM Victoria Slovakia vs Sweden
Thu, Dec 27 7:30 PM Victoria Finland vs Kazakhstan
Fri, Dec 28 7:30 PM Victoria Kazakhstan vs USA
Sat, Dec 29 3:30 PM Victoria Slovakia vs Finland
Sat, Dec 29 7:30 PM Victoria Sweden vs USA
Sun, Dec 30 7:30 PM Victoria Kazakhstan vs Slovakia
Mon, Dec 31 3:30 PM Victoria Sweden vs Kazakhstan
Mon, Dec 31 7:30 PM Victoria USA vs Finland

Knockout round games:

Date Time Location Game
Wed, Jan 2 11:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Wed, Jan 2 1:00 PM Victoria Quarter-final
Wed, Jan 2 3:30 PM Vancouver Quarter-final
Wed, Jan 2 5:00 PM Victoria Quarter-final
Wed, Jan 2 7:30 PM Vancouver Quarter-final
Fri, Jan 4 9:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Fri, Jan 4 1:00 PM Vancouver Semi-final
Fri, Jan 4 5:00 PM Vancouver Semi-final
Sat, Jan 5 9:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Sat, Jan 5 1:00 PM Vancouver Bronze medal
Sat, Jan 5 5:00 PM Vancouver Gold medal

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