Physical play. Persistence. Grit. " I thought he was all ability," stated Bahl, who crushed American forward Bobby Brink moments after Lafreniere upped his physical play." I always attempt and bring some physicality in my video game," stated the six-foot-one, 194-pound Lafreniere." It's crazy when you see Alexis Lafreniere tossing huge hits," included Bahl, whose team's 2nd game of the competition goes Saturday against Russia. " We had a quite long conference," said Aidan Dudas, one of the forwards tabbed to eliminate charges. "You've got to backcheck with your legs and not your stick."

Canada, which completed a disappointing sixth at last year's world juniors on house soil, has stressed the charge limit for the last three weeks, including a round of push-ups for every single call versus.

"It's not like we weren't prepared," said assistant coach Andre Tourigny, who made one of Thursday's unheralded plays when he caught a puck on the bench that would have resulted in a late delay-of-game charge had it gone over the glass. "The team did a really great job to make certain the gamers knew what the requirement was. We used it throughout our practices, throughout our pre-tournament video games.

"There's no reason for what occurred."

Canada's system a work in progress

Ty Dellandrea, another Canadian penalty killer, stated the issues when down a guy ought to dissolve once the system ends up being second nature.

"We understand what we require to do and we know what spots we require to be in," stated the centre. "We were overthinking and getting in our own heads."

Tourigny, who's in charge of the penalty kill, was animated Friday as he went over things with the group while Canada's power-play systems, which likewise went 3-for-5, worked at the other end of the rink.

"It was not a question of structure," stated the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's. "The gamers were there, they were in a good position. It's just a matter of battles. We lost a few battles in front of the web.

"We had some bad luck and a bad day at the workplace, but I'm not worried."

The Russians, on the other hand, will be wanting to rebound Saturday after a 4-3 loss to the host Czechs that put them behind the 8-ball in a hard Group B that likewise includes Germany.

"It's another great rivalry for us," Dellandrea said. "U.S. is most likely No. 1, but I 'd say close behind it is Russia.

"These games are fun, they're intense, they're heavy."

If that's the case, count Lafreniere in when again.

"He's a gamer, he's a money player, he's a rival," Tourigny said. "He wishes to win every battle. It's the same in practice.

"He never ever gives up. He's ruthless."

" I thought he was all ability," stated Bahl, who crushed American forward Bobby Brink moments after Lafreniere upped his physical play." I always bring some physicality and try in my game," stated the six-foot-one, 194-pound Lafreniere." We had a pretty long conference," said Aidan Dudas, one of the forwards tabbed to kill penalties."It's not like we weren't prepared," stated assistant coach Andre Tourigny, who made one of Thursday's unheralded plays when he caught a puck on the bench that would have resulted in a late delay-of-game charge had it gone over the glass."We know what we require to do and we understand what areas we require to be in," stated the centre.