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Canada's Offence Shines in 6-1 Win

Friday, 16.05.2014 / 12:03 PM / News Articles
By Peter Westermark
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Canada\'s Offence Shines in 6-1 Win
Canada has really gotten their offence rolling in the last two games, and Cody Hodgson has been a key part of the attack.

Canada has really gotten their offence rolling in the last two games, and Cody Hodgson has been a key part of the attack.

Hodgson followed up his hat trick from yesterday’s win over Denmark with another pair in today’s 6-1 win over Italy. He now has a tournament-leading six goals.

Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Kyle Turris and Brayden Schenn also scored for Canada.

Goaltender James Reimer was solid when called upon, saving 21 shots in the game

There also was some bad news for Team Canada. With just one minute to go in the first period, forward Alex Burrows left the game after taking a hit to his knee from Italy’s Joachim Ramoser, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.

After five games, Canada has 13 points and tops the group ahead of Sweden’s late game versus Slovakia. Italy is the last placed team in the group, with three points.

David Borrelli had the Italian goal but other than that, there really wasn’t much to be happy about other than the start of the game when the Italians caught Canada standing on their heels and both Brian Ihnacak and Marco Insam both had good chances to score.

Canada clawed their way into the game and 13 minutes in, Joel Ward scored Canada’s first, coming in on a 2-on-1 break with Mark Scheifele. As he was looking towards Scheifele, he let go of an accurate wrist shot that went through Daniel Bellissimo’s five-hole.

Six minutes later, the Ramoser’s hit on Burrows caused a break in play. On the on the five-minute power play that resulted, Canada produced little for the first two minutes. After that, they put more pressure on the Italian net and made it 2-0 when Hodgson picked up a rebound in front, letting go of a quick wrist shot that eluded Bellissimo.

And Canada wasn’t finished by any means. Six minutes in, Scheifele once again found himself on a 2-on-1 break, this time carrying the puck. He found Jason Chimera with a crisp pass, who made no mistake with his angled wrist shot, putting Canada up 3-0.

Three minutes later, Canada made it 4-0 with a short-handed goal from Kyle Turris. On yet another 2-on-1 rush, Matt Read passed the puck to Turris, who pushed the puck into the net as Bellissimo moved from his right side to his left.

Hogdson had his second of the night late in the middle round, with a backhanded shot high on Bellissimo’s glove side. The goal came after a sustained pressure in the Italian zone. Nathan MacKinnon and Brayden Schenn had the assists.

After two periods, Andreas Bernard replaced Bellissimo in the Italian net. The change gave Italy som life, as they finally got their first of the game as David Borrelli deflected a Giulou Scandella shot from the point.

But that was all the Italians could muster this night as Canada continued to control play in the third. With 3:30 remaining, Brayden Schenn closed out the scoring for the game and made it 6-1 after a feed from Nathan MacKinnon.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 50 17 23 9 40
B. Little 50 18 20 9 38
B. Wheeler 50 13 23 10 36
D. Byfuglien 50 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 47 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 50 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 50 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 35 10 12 3 22
A. Lowry 49 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 34 5 9 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 5 2 .932 2.00
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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