NEWS
08/09/2011 05:02 EDT | Updated 10/09/2011 05:12 EDT

Canada rebounds to beat Czech Republic 6-1 at Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament

BRECLAV, Czech Republic - Canada's men's under-18 team bounced back from a disappointing opening game at the Ivan Hlinka memorial hockey tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 6-1 on Tuesday.

Jarrod Maidens and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for Canada, which opened the event Monday with a penalty-filled 5-1 loss to Sweden.

Andreas Athanasiou, Charles Hudon, Sean Monahan and Matthew Dumba had the other goals for Canada. Pavel Sedlacek replied for the Czechs.

Daniel Altshuller made 13 saves for the win, while Marek Langhamer stopped 38 shots in defeat.

Canadian head coach Steve Spott said his players are starting to adjust to the style of refereeing in Europe, taking just one penalty through two periods.

"They touched a hot stove and they got burned last night. To their credit they recognized we can't play like that over here," said Spott, whose team allowed three power-play goals to the Swedes. "It took them that game last night to find the standard of the refereeing over here."

Spott added his team is also starting to find its identity.

"I said to them before the game, and it's no disrespect, that there's no (Steven) Stamkos, (Taylor) Hall or (John) Tavares on this team," he said. "We're going to have to play a meat and potatoes type of game. We're going to have to play a gritty, puck race, puck protection type game.

"It's nice to see the boys rewarded."

For many players it's their first taste of playing on the wider international ice surface. Spott said it's something the Canadians are starting to adjust to.

"I think they're realizing that the game is different over here. You've got to travel farther when you're killing penalties and on the power play there are a lot more seams that are available," said Spott, who coaches the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Canadians take on Switzerland in their round-robin finale Wednesday and Spott said his team will have to continue to work hard while keeping its composure.