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Canada's Offence Shines in 6-1 Win

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 11:03 AM CT / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
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10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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