Team Canada has finalized their 22-man roster after releasing forwards Hunter Shinkaruk, Felix Girard and rearguard Damon Severson after two pre-tournament games at the World Junior Championship in Sweden.
The Canadians started their exhibition action with a 4-2 win over the Finns on Friday and lost 3-0 against their hosts on Sunday.
The final roster for all teams have to be submitted to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Christmas Day.
Shinkaruk, captain of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers and a first-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, has been struggling with a hip injury this season. Severson, a defenceman with the Kelowna Rockets and property of the New Jersey Devils, ended up being the odd man out as the lone cut from the defensive corps.
Girard, who plays for Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, is in the system with the Nashville Predators as a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Kootenay Ice captain Sam Reinhart picked up an assist while playing alongside OHL phenom Connor McDavid and London Knights star Bo Horvat in a 4-2 win over the Finns on Friday morning.
Canadian goals came from Horvat, Aaron Ekblad, Anthony Mantha and Mathew Dumba. Canada got 11 saves out of Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zachary Fucale, while generating 20 shots on the Finnish netminder.
Canada was shut out in only one opportunity on with the man-advantage, while killing off all six powerplays from the Finns.
The Canadians rolled into Sunday’s game against the Swedes and lost 3-0.
Jake Paterson got the start, making 31 saves in net, while his teammates put 21 shots on Swedish goaltender Marcus Hogberg.
Dumba, a former D-man for the Red Deer Rebels who is now in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, took a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing.
The Swedes, already up a goal at that point, made the Canadians pay on the subsequent powerplay. Canada also gave up another powerplay goal in the third period.
Canada rounds out their exhibition schedule with a game against the Swiss on Monday. The official preliminary games begin on Boxing Day, with Canada facing the Germans.
With files from the Canadian Press