Two goals by Ryan Strome and a three point performance by Morgan Rielly was enough to help Team Canada come back from a slow start to double up Team Slovakia.
Team Slovakia took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room at the end of the first period, but Team Canada stormed back to score six of the next seven goals.
- THEY MADE IT ONE GAME WITHOUT GETTING IN PENALTY TROUBLE: Canada lost two players on two game misconduct penalties from two separate incidents, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if suspensions are coming for J.C Lipon and Anthony Camara. At first blush, Lipon’s hit looks worse than Camara’s, but both got 5 and a game. You can argue that both, one or neither of the hits were worthy of a penalty, but Team Canada is going to have to change how they approach hitting for the duration of this tournament. Team Slovakia had lengthy five minute power plays on two separate occasions.
- Ryan Strome had a couple goals, Morgan Rielly had three points (1-2-3), Mark Scheifele had two more points, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two for himself (1-1-2). Ty Rattie and Morgan Rielly each had a power play goal.
- RNH now has seven points (2-5-7) in two games, which isn’t half bad.
- Team Slovakia scoring was led by Marko Dano (two goals) and Tomas Mikus (1-1-2). Both Dano and Mikus had power play goals.
- Team Canada netminder Malcolm Subban turned aside 25 shots out of 28, while Team Slovakia goalie Adam Nagy stoped 24 of 30.
Canada will play the United States early Sunday at 2:30 AM (4:30 Eastern), while Team Slovakia will take on Team Germany on Sunday at 7 AM (9 Eastern).
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