Steve Duffy's Sports Comment For Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Yesterday during this segment, I talked about how the Christmas - New Year's period is interesting for hockey. And I'll continue that trend today.
First, Team Canada will already do better at this year's World Junior championship than last year. They finished sixth last year. But this year, they'll finish no worse than fourth. Last night, a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic put our guys into the semi-finals. They'll play the class of the tournement, Sweden, tomorrow.
Just one question about last night's game. Was the reffing a little off? Just askin'.
Still with junior hockey, the Victoria Royals' Griffen Outhouse has been named the Western Hockey league's Goaltender of the Week. That puts him in line for the CHL award. And what a week he had. He won all four games he played in, as the Royals went 4-and-0. He had a sparkling 0.75 goals against average, a .979 save percentage and he also picked up a shutout. He and the Royals ride their four-game win streak into two games in Prince George this weekend, then host Kelowna next Wednesday.
And how about those Canucks? For the first time since opening the season with four wins, they won their fourth in a row with a 3-2 win over Colorado last night. And the so-called kids keep getting it done. Sven Baertschi scored twice while Bo Horvat got the other.
So hockey's looking good on both the Canadian scene, and the West Coast.
I guess it's time to start up those bandwagons again!
That's my Sports Comment. I'm Steve Duffy.