Canada blanks Nor­way

Parayko scores twice in win

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

A dy­na­mite power play, and a lit­tle bit of at­ti­tude, got Canada back on the win­ning track at the world hockey cham­pi­onship.

Colton Parayko scored twice as Canada clinched first place in its pre­lim­i­nary-round group with a 5-0 win over Nor­way on Mon­day.

Both of Parayko’s goals came on the power play as Canada went 4-for-5 with the man ad­van­tage. Bray­den Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly also scored with Canada a man up, while Mark Scheifele added an even­strength goal.

Com­ing off a 3-2 over­time loss to Switzer­land on Satur­day, the Cana­di­ans came into Mon­day’s game “a lit­tle bit an­gry,” ac­cord­ing to coach Jon Cooper.

“We don’t want to hear any an­them but ‘O Canada’ at the end of the games,” added for­ward Matt Duch­ene.

Duch­ene was part of the 2016 Cana­dian team that dropped a 4-0 de­ci­sion to Fin­land to close out the pre­lim­i­nary round be­fore re­bound­ing to win the gold medal.

“As soon as we lost, I went in the room and I told the boys — we’re go­ing to win this tour­na­ment. There’s no doubt about it af­ter los­ing that game to Fin­land.

“Hope­fully it’s the same way this year. We played our best game of the tour­na­ment to­day. We dom­i­nated start to fin­ish. We’re still not scor­ing as much 5-on-5 as we’d like. Hope­fully it comes when we need it.”

Chad John­son stopped all 10 Nor­we­gian shots he faced for his first shutout of the tour­na­ment.

De­spite Canada’s deter­mi­na­tion, Mon­day’s game be­gan with a se­ries of early set­backs. O’Reilly missed high and wide on a penalty shot, Wayne Sim­monds had a nice tic-tac-toe goal waved off, then Canada was whis­tled for hav­ing too many play­ers on the ice.

“You’re sit­ting here think­ing, ‘We’ve had a hard time scor­ing goals against the Swiss and the French and here now, we’re get­ting our chances but they’re still not go­ing in or they’re not count­ing,” Cooper said af­ter the game. “But we felt we were on top of our game and that it was just a mat­ter of time. Thank good­ness the power play was rolling.”

Schenn opened the scor­ing with 2:12 to play in the first by shov­el­ling a point shot from Chris Lee past Nor­we­gian goal­tender Hen­rik Hauke­land while Mathias Olind served a cross­check­ing penalty.

Less than a minute later, with Olind back in the box on a hold­ing call, Parayko ex­tended the lead to 2-0 by thread­ing a wrist shot through traf­fic and over Hauke­land’s glove hand.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Scheifele de­posited a re­bound from a Mike Mathe­son shot past Hauke­land for his first goal of the tour­na­ment, then Parayko notched his sec­ond of the game on a big power-play slap shot with 1:46 to play in the mid­dle frame.

“One of the as­sets he has, is that he’s re­ally got a can­non for a shot,” said Cooper of Parayko, who was named Canada’s player of the game. “When you can open him up, he can keep a penalty kill hon­est.

“We’ve got a bunch of skill guys that are close to the net and if things don’t open up there, you can put it up to Colton. The laser beam, the sights were on to­day and it was good for us.”

O’Reilly added a fourth power-play goal to put Canada up 5-0 in the late stages of the third pe­riod, while Nor­way failed to record a shot over the last 20 min­utes. Canada’s power play is now 10-for-20 through six games.

Cooper con­tin­ued to al­ter­nate John­son and Calvin Pickard from game to game. John­son has now al­lowed four goals in his three starts.

The Cana­di­ans play their last pre­lim­i­nary-round game to­day against Fin­land. The quar­ter­fi­nals take place on Thurs­day in Paris and Cologne, Ger­many.

AP PHOTO

Canada’s Colton Parayko (left) cel­e­brates with team­mate Mitch Marner af­ter scor­ing his team’s sec­ond goal dur­ing the Ice Hockey World Cham­pi­onships group B match against Nor­way in the Ac­corHo­tels Arena in Paris, France on Mon­day.

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