When Canada and the United States face off it’s for keeps. That evidently goes for games in August, too.
Exhibit A: the hit American defenseman Charlie McAvoy levied on Canadian left winger Lawson Crouse during Saturday’s 5-1 U.S. win in the finale of the World Junior summer showcase tournament in Plymouth, Mich.
Crouse, 19, a world junior veteran and an 11th overall pick by the Florida Panthers in 2015, was cutting into the middle of the ice from the right wing as he skated over the blueline. There to meet him was McAvoy, 18, the 14th overall selection by the Boston Bruins in June.
McAvoy lowered his shoulder on Crouse, dropping the unsuspecting 6-foot-4, 212-forward from OHL Kingston to the ice. Canadian center Dylan Strome came to Crouse’s defense, confronting the 6-foot-1, 200-pound blueliner from Boston University and causing a stoppage in play with 5:24 remaining in the third period. Crouse ended up getting medical attention at the Canadian bench.
The massive check summed up Canada’s experience in Plymouth. The Canadians lost all three games to Finland, Sweden and the United States, dropping the final two games by identical, crushing, 5-1 scores.
Finland, Sweden and the United States all finished with 2-1 records.
Jack Roslovic, Jordan Greenway, Logan Brown, Clayton Keller and Brock Boeser scored the American goals in the win against Canada. Goaltender Tyler Parsons stopped 35 of 36 shots.
Nicolas Roy had Canada’s lone goal. Connor Ingram allowed three goals on 23 shots and Evan Cormier surrendered two goals on 13 shots.