Canada put on quite the performance to start off their 2015 Winter Universiade adventure, defeating South Korea by a score of 11-1 on Tuesday.
The first period couldn’t be more one-sided in terms of shots, but goal wise, it would end up all tied at one. The Canadians managed to take 25 shots in the first period alone, but Elgin Pearce’s goal 12 minutes in proved to be the only one they could put past Jangwoo Bae in the first 20. The Koreans, however, were able to score on one of their three shots in the first, Geonhee Han’s blast from the point with 24 seconds left in the first proved to be Korea’s only goal of the contest.
The first period was the only period of the game that wasn’t a total blowout. T.J. Foster got the ball rolling in the second, giving Canada their first of three goals in the first half of the second alone. The game was surely put out of reach in the third, when a hat-trick from Kevin King and two goals from Cody Cartier helped cap off the successful 11-1 victory to start off the tournament.
The Canadians have always been strong when some of the CIS best take to the ice against other strong University-central teams. In 14 all-time appearances at the Universiade tourney, the Canucks have tallied an impressive 13 medals, including a gold at the most recent event back in 2013. They’ll take to the ice again against Sweden on February 5th and later again against Russia February 7th before the medal round begins Feb. 11.
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