Canada beats Slovakia 2-1 at 2023 IIHF World Men’s Hockey Championship

Sam Montembeault (Kelly Shea, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has won its third straight game to open the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Hockey Championship. On Monday, Canada beat Slovakia 2-1 in a shootout.

Canada opened the scoring as St. Louis Blues left winger Jake Neighbours of Calgary, Alberta scored from Arizona Coyotes center Jack McBain of Toronto, Ontario at 7:46 of the first period. Slovakia tied it at 16:08 of the first period on a goal by left winger Peter Cehlarik.

There was then no more goal scoring in the second period, third period, or overtime. Then in the shootout it took eight rounds to determine a winner. Canada got goals from Nashville Predators center Cody Glass of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Coyotes left winger Michael Carcone of Ajax, Ontario, and Buffalo Sabres right winger Jack Quinn of Ottawa, Ontario. Quinn’s goal in the shootout came in the eighth round. Canada then secured the victory when Montreal Canadiens goaltender Samuel Montembeault of Becancour, Quebec stopped Martin Chromiak.

Even though Canada won their Group B game, they did not get the full three points as they needed extra time to be victorious. In effect, they had to settle for two points. Canada remains in first place with eight points, and have one more point than Czechia.



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