Canada narrowly beats Slovakia at 2019 World Hockey Championships

Mark Stone (Hugh Lee, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada improved to two wins and one loss on Monday at the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.In an extremely thrilling contest, Canada defeated Slovakia 6-5 in a game that truly went back and forth with several momentum shifts.

With the game tied at five goals apiece and Canada on the power play, Vegas Golden Knights right winger Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba scored the game winning goal with one second left in regulation. The goal gave Canada the full three points for the win, and put them into third place in Pool A behind Finland and Germany.

Five Canadians had multi-point games. Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore of Langley, British Columbia and Detroit Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha of Longueuil, Quebec each had one goal and one assist. While Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot of Sainte-Marie, Quebec, New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson of Melville, Saskatchewan and Nashville Predators centre Kyle Turris of New Westminster, British Columbia had two assists each. The other three Canadian goal scorers were Tampa Bay Lightning centre Anthony Cirelli of Woodbridge, Ontario, Vegas Golden Knights left winger Jonathan Marchessault of Cap-Rouge, Quebec and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher of Richmond, British Columbia.

Team Canada now gets two full days off before playing France on Thursday. In an intriguing matchup on Wednesday, Slovakia plays Germany.


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