Canada’s bid at a perfect record stayed true on Monday, beating Slovakia 3-1 to grab their third straight victory.

After a scoreless first period, Canada finally found themselves in the lead after just three minutes of play in the second. David Quenneville would grab his second goal of the tournament after showing tremendous patience, going hard to the net and beating Roman Durny for the 1-0 goal.

Five minutes later, Canada struck again. This time, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Noah Gregor found Brett Howden buzzing around the net, shooting the puck past Durny and in for the 2-0 lead with just over half the game still to go.

The Canadians would take the 3-0 lead heading into the third period. With 40 seconds remaining in the middle frame, a tremendous play by Tyson Jost and Will Bitten resulted in Boris Katchouk scoring a late one to give Canada a decent advantage heading into the final 20 minutes of action.

The Slovaks got a very lucky one in the third period. Potential top five NHL Draft pick Jakob Chychrun, who has struggled at points throughout the tournament, gave an absolute gift to Slovakian forward Samuel Bucek, who had no issue beating Stuart Skinner on the rush to give his team their only goal of the game. Slovakia would try to get back in it, but Skinner would keep strong between the pipes and give his team the 3-1 victory.

With the win, Canada will look to finish Group B action with a victory over Finland on Tuesday at 3:30 pm EST, who currently sit second in the group with two regulation wins and an overtime victory.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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