MEN’S TEAM UN­BEATEN IN OLYMPIC TUNE-UPS

Ottawa Citizen - - WINTER OLYMPICS - Rob Lon­g­ley

It may be a dif­fer­ent beast un­der the glare of the Olympic lights, but the Canadian men’s hockey team has wrapped up an un­blem­ished pre-tour­na­ment run and is headed to the real games with some con­fi­dence.

On Mon­day, coach Wil­lie Des­jardins’ team pol­ished off Swe­den with a 4-1 win in In­cheon, South Korea. Mat Robin­son, Chris­tian Thomas, Rene Bourque and Wo­jtek Wol­ski pro­vided the scor­ing to give the makeshift squad a 3-0 record in ex­hi­bi­tion con­tests.

“(We played with) a lot of emo­tion, a play­off-type game,” Canadian for­ward Maxim Lapierre said fol­low­ing a game in which Ben Scrivens and Kevin Poulin split the du­ties in net. “It was phys­i­cal and we came out strong in the sec­ond pe­riod.”

Fol­low­ing the game, the Canadian team was sched­uled to re­turn to the Olympic Vil­lage to pre­pare for Thurs­day’s tour­na­ment opener against Switzer­land.

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