Team Canada is back at the .500 mark (at three wins and three losses) at the 2021 World Men’s Hockey Championship in Riga, Latvia. On Sunday, Canada trounced Italy 7-1.
Team Canada was once again led in scoring by their number one line–Calgary Flames left winger Andrew Mangiapane of Bolton, Ontario, Ottawa Senators right winger Connor Brown of Toronto, Ontario, and Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique of Brantford, Ontario. Mangiapane had two goals and two assists for four points, Brown had four assists for four points, and Henrique had one goals and two assists for three points. The other Canadian goal scorers were Ducks left winger Maxime Comtois of Longueuil, Quebec, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Troy Stetcher of Richmond, British Columbia, Chicago Blackhawks center Brandon Pirri of Toronto, Ontario, and Manitoba Moose center Cole Perfetti of Whitby, Ontario.
In order for Canada to reach the quarterfinals, they will now need to beat Finland on Tuesday and get some help. One path is a Norway win over Kazakhstan on Monday. Another path is a United States regulation win over Germany on Monday, and a Germany/Latvia result on Tuesday that goes to overtime. Canada has never missed the quarterfinals of the World Men’s Hockey Championship since they then went to a quarterfinal/semifinal/gold medal format in 1992.