Thursday, October 23, 2014

Team Canada win may prove costly

MINSK, Belarus—For the second time at the world hockey championship, Team Canada benefited from a five-minute major penalty.
Only this time it could prove much more costly.

Alex Burrows was knocked out of the game by a knee-on-knee hit and did not return for the rest of Canada’s 6-1 win over Italy today at Chizhovka Arena.
Cody Hodgson scored on the ensuing power play from the five-minute major penalty on Italian forward Joachim Ramoser.
But with goals from Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Kyle Turris, another from Hodgson, and a final one from Brayden Schenn, Canada probably didn’t need that boost.
Against the Czech Republic on Monday, Canada scored twice on a five-minute major after captain Kevin Bieksa took a stick to the face—chipping a tooth and requiring stitches in his mouth.
Bieksa didn’t miss a shift.
His Vancouver Canucks’ teammate Burrows was not so lucky. After writhing in pain after the hit, he needed to be helped off the ice by teammates Brayden Schenn and Nathan MacKinnon, and did not put any pressure on his right leg.
Without Burrows and defenceman Jason Garrison, who did not dress because of an illness, Canada was down to 18 skaters to Italy’s 20.
But that wasn’t a factor as the Canadians won for the fifth time in six games to set up a likely Group ‘A’ title game against Sweden on Sunday.
In stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced, James Reimer might have won the right to start that game, though Ben Scrivens won each of his two starts.
Through the first five games in Minsk, neither goalie has been tested by a strong opponent. That included today, when Canada rolled over Italy.
After Italy had Canada on its heels in the early going, Ward continued his strong tournament by scoring the game’s first goal at 13:07.
Ward forced a neutral-zone turnover, had Mark Scheifele going to the net on the rush, and snapped a shot short-side on Daniel Bellissimo, a Toronto native.
Ramoser made what looked like unintentional knee-on-knee contact with Burrows with 56 seconds left in the first period.
A minute and 39 seconds into the second, Hodgson scored on a rebound to make it 2-0.
Canada’s third goal came at even strength but with a delayed penalty on Italy as Ward drew a call before Scheifele set up Chimera on a 2-on-1 rush at 6:02.
Not long after at the 9:19 mark, Matt Read got things going and delivered a sharp pass to Turris for his second short-handed goal in as many games.
Hodgson added his second of the day and sixth of the tournament 16:15 into the second with a rebound goal from in tight on Bellissimo that made it 5-0.
Bellissimo did not return at the start of the third after giving up five goals on 22 shots, replaced by back-up Andreas Bernard.
Italy then broke up Reimer’s shutout 1:12 into the third period on a deflection goal by David Borrelli, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
At 16:30, Schenn scored to put the finishing touch on the rout.

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