Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie stopped 37 of 40 shots Wednesday to lead Team Canada past Finland 5-3 in an exhibition game in Lake Placid, N.Y.
It was the first game for Comrie since he had season-ending hip surgery in February.
“He played outstanding,” Canada coach Brent Sutter said of Comrie in a news release. “I thought he played very, very well. For a young man that hadn’t played in a long time, he’d been out for a good portion of last season, that’s what we wanted to see, how he could handle it. He made some huge saves, great saves for us. He was very poised in net. You could tell he was very athletic. He’s a smart goaltender. You could tell he knows how to play the game.”
The game was part of Team Canada’s summer development camp that will play a part in choosing its team for the upcoming World Junior Championship in Sweden.
Finland scored just 51 seconds into the game on its first shot on goal, but Comrie settled down from there, allowing one goal on nine shots in the second and one on 18 in the third.
Canada also was a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
“Took a little while to get going, but after the first shot I buckled down and got going,” Comrie said in a news release.
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup: Team USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Slovakia on Wednesday in Piestany, Slovakia.
Team USA, 3-1 in pool play, will play the Czech Republic on Friday in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, Canada plays Russia.
The Slovaks pulled within 4-2 in the second period, but Team USA remained in control of the game.
“I thought we had the game under control,” Tri-City Americans defenseman Brandon Carlo said in a Team USA news release. “After (Slovakia scored) I knew we weren’t going to let them come back. We already let them get those two goals and that was enough so we shut them down after that.”