Central Albertans got their one chance to see Team Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Saturday during a pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic.

Those who nearly packed Red Deer’s Servus Arena were treated to a competitive game but saw Canada fall 4-3 to the Czechs.

The Czechs were led by forward Marcel Barinka, who scored two goals. Radek Muzik and Matej Toman also scored.

Forward Jakob Pelletier, who plays for the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, scored twice for Canada. Dylan Cozens, from the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes, scored Canada’s other goal.

“I really liked the way the guys played in terms of structure. Our decision with the puck was probably our weakness. We turned too many pucks over. We passed on grade A scoring chances, tried to be too cute,” said Canada’s head coach André Tourigny.

The frantic final moments of the game saw the Canadians hem the Czechs in their own end. However, they were unable to draw even.

Canada will play the rest of the U-18 tournament in Edmonton, as Servus Arena becomes the site for Group B round robin games.

Teams in Group B include the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and the United States.

More Local Sports

Team Alberta wins tight game for gold in wheelchair basketball

Team Alberta went head to head with Team Ontario in the wheelchair basketball gold medal game on Thursday night at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The court was booming with cheers from…

More medals for Team Alberta, wheelchair basketball has shot at gold

Photos and content courtesy of Team Alberta: (Red Deer, AB - February 19, 2019) The medal haul continued throughout Wednesday evening, with two boxers and two speed skaters adding to the day’s tally…

Lacombe Generals to take on the Innisfail Eagles in five game series

The Lacombe Generals beat the Stony Plain Eagles in the best of five series on February 16th in Stony Plain. Despite the win, Jeff McInnis, General Manager for Lacombe believes the game was perhaps…

Queens hockey player and Kings basketball player are this weeks RDC Athletes of the Week

From Red Deer College Athletics: RDC Athletics is very proud to announce Neisha Germann (Queens Hockey) and Khurram Sultan (Kings Basketball) as our Athletes of the Week. Neisha had four points in…

Team Alberta adds 4 medals on Tuesday at Canada Winter Games

From Team Alberta: For full details on all the action at the Canada Winter Games, you can click here to check out their website. TEAM ALBERTA ADDS ANOTHER MEDAL TO TALLY IN BIATHLON:(Red Deer, AB -…

Canada Winter Games day 3 recap

From the 2019 Canada Winter Games: To stay up to date with all the information from the 2019 Canada Winter Games, click here to check out their website. From Monday, February 18th, 2019: Day 3 of…

Alberta's ringette team challenges Manitoba's undefeated status in overtime

Team Alberta challenged Manitoba’s undefeated status in women’s ringette giving Manitoba a run for its money on Tuesday night at the Collicut Centre. Alberta was ahead for the first two periods of…

The Canada Winter Games has officially begun!

The Canada Winter Games torch relay made on of it's final stops at Hunting Hills High School on Friday night commemorating the beginning of the event. People celebrated with free hot dogs, donuts,…

4-0 shut out for the Generals in game 3 of the playoffs

It was a shut out win for the Lacombe Generals in their 3rd playoff game on Friday, February 15th. The 4-0 Generals victory followed a 3-0 victory for the Stony Plain Eagles on February 13th and…

Red Deer College athletes of the week

From Red Deer College Athletics: Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Athletes of the Week. Karlee Fetch – Queens Hockey Hometown – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Open Studies (4th…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login