Monday, 5 January 2015

Audio: Hicketts & Lowry Win WJ Gold

In Toronto last night, Joe Hicketts and Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals won Gold for Canada at the World Junior Championship after a 5-4 victory over Russia.

After Canada took a 5-1 second period lead, Russia closed the gap with three straight to make it a one goal game heading into the third, before the home team shut the door.

Canada wins Gold for the first time since 2009, and is the nation's first medal in the tournament since 2012.

Hicketts and Lowry, who was serving as an assistant coach, fly back into Victoria this afternoon at 3:25.

The WHL's Player of the Week, Travis Brown and the Royals entertain the #7 team in the CHL, the Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday night.

-Marlon Martens

(Full Royals Media Release Below)

Please be advised that World Junior gold medalists Dave Lowry and Joe Hicketts will be arriving at Victoria International Airport on the following flight:

Date: January 6, 2015
Airline: Air Canada
Flight Number: 8071
ETA: 3:25 P.M. PST

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In the gold medal game Team Canada scored three second period goals on their way to a 5-4 win against Russia at the World Junior Championships in Toronto.

Canada Quick Hits:

Max Domi – 1g-2a
Sam Reinhart – 1g (game winner)
Connor McDavid – 1g
Anthony Duclair – 1g
Zach Fucale – Stopped 26 of 30 shots

Team Canada Assistant Coach Dave Lowry:

“We came out ready to play, we jumped on them early and put our foot on the gas. Then we made some mistakes and give them credit they’re (Russia) a good team, they battled back and it was a hockey game from there."

Joe Hicketts Quick Hits:

-       With Canada leading by one goal with under two minutes left in the game, Hicketts cleared the puck to safety with the pressure on.
-          Extensive time on the Penalty Kill with Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
-          Also saw time on the powerplay
-          Partnered with Dillon Heatherington of the Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Team Canada Assistant Coach Dave Lowry:

“Joe has a bright future. He continuously gets better every day”

Tournament Summary:

Team Canada Assistant Coach Dave Lowry:

“It was 27 days and it was a grind, but something you would never trade in. To work with this caliber of players and this organization (Hockey Canada) was an unbelievable experience.”