MacK­in­non pumps in two more for Canada

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CAROL SCHRAM

PARIS — Nathan MacK­in­non and Bray­den Point had two goals each to fuel Canada’s 6-0 win over Be­larus at the world hockey cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.

MacK­in­non had a hot hand for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game and moved into the tour­na­ment lead with five goals.

He scored a hat trick in Canada’s 7-2 win over Slove­nia on Sun­day.

Point scored his sec­ond and third goals as part of Canada’s “Kid Line” with Mitch Marner and Travis Konecny.

Jeff Skin­ner and Claude Giroux also scored for Canada.

Play­ing with­out in­jured for­ward An­drei Kos­tit­syn and Cana­dian-born net­min­der Kevin La­lande, the Be­laru­sian team played a con­ser­va­tive de­fen­sive game de­signed to limit scor­ing chances.

Net­min­der Mikhail Kar­naukhov made 39 saves but was ex­posed on MacK­in­non’s first goal, a power-play wrist shot from the top of the left cir­cle that beat him high to the glove side and put Be­larus down 2-0 at the 4:20 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Mak­ing his sec­ond start of the tour­na­ment, Canada’s Calvin Pickard picked up his first shutout with 13 saves.

Sean Cou­turier de­buted for Canada af­ter miss­ing the first two games of the tour­na­ment with what coach Jon Cooper had deemed a “mid-body” in­jury.

The Philadel­phia Fly­ers for­ward was strong in the face­off cir­cle, go­ing 7-1 on draws through the first 40 min­utes.

The two-time de­fend­ing worlds cham­pion, Canada re­mains first in Group B at 3-0.

Fin­land and the Czech Repub­lic, both 1-1, met in Mon­day’s late game in Paris.

In Group A ac­tion on Mon­day, Rus­sia beat Ger­many 6-3 and Swe­den met the United States in the late game.

On Thurs­day, Canada will line up for its next game against the host team from France.

The French are cur­rently 1-1 fol­low­ing their 5-1 up­set win over Fin­land on Sun­day.


Be­larus’ Sergei Kos­tit­syn chal­lenges Canada’s Nate Mack­in­non dur­ing Canada’s 6-0 win Mon­day.

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