Canada trounces Kazakhstan 5-1 at 2023 World Men’s Hockey Championships

Samuel Blais (Edward Dallas, Wikimedia Commons)

Canada has won its fourth straight game to open the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Hockey Championship. In Riga, Latvia on Wednesday, Canada beat Kazakhstan 5-1.

Four Canadians registered a multi-point game. St. Louis Blues left winger Samuel Blais of Montmagny, Quebec and Detroit Red Wings center Joe Veleno of Montreal, Quebec each had one goal and two assists for three points. Arizona Coyotes left winger Lawson Crouse of Mount Brydges, Ontario scored twice, while Calgary Flames defenseman Mackenzie Weegar of Ottawa, Ontario has one goal and one assist for two points.

It was a great first period for Team Canada from an offensive perspective as Canada scored four times. Weegar’s goal came 19 seconds into the game, while Crouse was wide open in front of the net, when he scored. Kazakhstan had their only goal in the first period, while Canada put together a four-goal lead at the halfway point of the third period when Blais scored.

Even though Canada is undefeated, they only have 11 points. That is because when they beat Slovakia on Monday, Canada only got two points instead of three as they needed a shootout to win 2-1. Switzerland is also undefeated at three wins and zero losses. In Group A, the United States have the maximum number of points with 12 at four wins and zero losses.


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