Canada holds Nor­way to just 10 shots in 5-0 win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JEROME PUG­MIRE

PARIS — De­fence­man Colton Parayko scored twice and cen­tre Nate Mack­in­non moved atop the tour­na­ment scor­ing lead­ers with three as­sists as de­fend­ing cham­pion Canada beat Nor­way 5-0 at the hockey world cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.

Canada tops Group B with five wins from six matches, putting it three points ahead of 2010 win­ner Czech Repub­lic. Canada has 27 goals for only eight con­ceded, with the only de­feat to third-placed Switzer­land.

Bray­den Schenn, Mark Scheifele, and Ryan O’Reilly got the other goals while goal­tender Chad John­son had an easy 10-shot shutout for Canada, which is chas­ing a third straight ti­tle and record-equalling 27th. Rus­sia holds that record, with 22 of those achieved as the for­mer Soviet Union.

Canada’s last group game is on Tues­day against fourth-placed Fin­land, which is three points clear of Nor­way as they scrap for a quar­ter-fi­nal place. Nor­way will have to beat next-to-last Be­larus and hope Canada does the rest against Fin­land.

Mack­in­non has five goals and six as­sists so far, one point more than Rus­sian pair Artemi Pa­narin and Vadim Shipachyov.

They were in ac­tion later, how­ever, with un­beaten Rus­sia fac­ing Latvia in the Ger­man city of Cologne, which is co-host­ing with Paris. A win for Rus­sia would move it ahead of the United States at the top of Group A, while Latvia is vy­ing with Ger­many for a re­main­ing quar­ter-fi­nal spot.

France was fac­ing last-placed Slove­nia later Mon­day in Group B. Den­mark beat Italy 2-0 in Group A’s other match with late third-pe­riod goals from Nich­las Hardt and Peter Re­gin. Italy ended the tour­na­ment with seven straight losses and was rel­e­gated.

PETR DAVID JOSEK, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Canada’s Mike Mathe­son dives for the puck dur­ing a 5-0 win Mon­day over Nor­way in Paris.

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