Devon Levi took advantage of the best seat at Rogers Place to appreciate his team’s dominance in the four prelims.
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While his teammates were having fun offensively, he more often than not had to find ways not to freeze feet!
The Montreal goalkeeper faced a total of 61 shots in the first four games. Certainly, he held the fort as evidenced by his goals against average of 0.82 and his save percentage of 0.951. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he took it easy.
“To only have received eight shots after two periods, as it happened in the tournament, it is not easy mentally. It’s hard to stay warm. However, I had this experience last year (with the Carleton Place Canadians). We had a very good team and I had to be prepared for each of the opponents’ chances to score even though I wasn’t getting a lot of shots. On the other hand, it is more difficult mentally not to be busy than to receive 40 shots per game, ”he conceded.
Despite everything, the Lions du Lac Saint-Louis product believes it has responded well under the circumstances.
“I think I have been solid and consistent in my performances. I have to admit that the team played very well in front of me and I hope to be able to return the favor to them in the next games, ”he said.
An analysis shared in every way by his trainer, André Tourigny.
“He was very good,” complimented the pilot from Canada. It’s hard for a goalie not to receive shots for long periods of time and then have to make a difference in a penalty kill or when we find ourselves stuck in our territory. He answered well every time. ”
To make sure he’s mentally prepared at all times, Levi has developed a technique of his own to relieve as much pressure as possible.
“I like to clear my head by giving myself the mandate to have fun at each game. I’m so grateful to be here, a player for Canada, and to have a chance to help this team win the gold medal. When I think about that, it helps me forget the pressure. ”
THE HART EXAMPLE
This way of seeing things, he borrowed it a bit from Carter Hart. The Philadelphia Flyers goalie helped Canada win the gold at the 2018 tournament in Buffalo.
Even before the start of training camp, Team Canada Junior had sent its guest goaltenders videos of the last masked men to represent Canada at the World Juniors: Carter Hart, Michael Dipietro and Joel Hofer among others.
Levi, however, requested to receive more than isolated clips, but full matches in order to prepare well.
In the end, it’s really Hart who inspired the Quebec goalkeeper the most.
“I watched a lot of Hart’s videos and he was very consistent and always gave his team a chance to win. I try to do the same. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him but just looking at him he never looks nervous. He seems to be having fun on the ice and he is fighting to stop each of the pucks. ”