Ad­di­son, Foote lead Canada past Fin­land

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

BRATISLAVA, Slo­vakia — Calen Ad­di­son and Nolan Foote had power-play goals in the sec­ond pe­riod as Canada earned its first win of the Ivan Hlinka Me­mo­rial Cup on Tues­day with a 5-1 vic­tory over Fin­land.

Jack McBain, on the power play, Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Gabriel Fortier sup­plied the rest of the of­fence for the Cana­di­ans (1-0-1). Ryan Merkley, Bar­rett Hay­ton and Joe Ve­leno all tacked on two as­sists apiece.

“I thought it was a good re­bound per­for­mance by our team,” Canada head coach Brent Ki­sio said. “We were ag­gres­sive in all three zones, and showed im­prove­ment as the game pro­gressed.” Fin­land’s Ma­tias Mac­celli broke Olivier Ro­drigue’s shutout bid at 18:19 of the third pe­riod. Ro­drigue fin­ished with 13 saves for the win in net. Jus­tus An­nunen turned away 24-of-29 shots in de­feat. Canada was 3-for-7 on the power play while the Finns were score­less on five at­tempts.

The Cana­di­ans con­tinue pre­lim­i­nary round play on Wed­nes­day against Slo­vakia. Canada dropped its tour­na­ment opener to Rus­sia in a shootout on Mon­day.

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