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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