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Canada’s National Men’s Team
will look to build off a strong start at the 2022 IIHF World Championship,
taking on Italy in the second game of preliminary-round play in Group A on
Canada got the start it was looking for at worlds with a
5-3 win over Germany
on Friday. Pierre-Luc Dubois led the scoring for the Canadian side with two
goals, while Logan Thompson made 18 saves in his international debut. Cole
Sillinger, the youngest member of the Canadian side, had the first goal of
the tournament just past the eight-minute mark of the first period. Dubois
scored in the first and second, before Kent Johnson and Noah Gregor netted
in the middle frame.
Italy opened play on Saturday morning with
a 5-2 loss to Switzerland. The Italians were outshot 47-14 and didn’t find the back of the net until
the third period when Daniel Gira scored near the nine-minute mark. Dante
Hannoun added a power-play goal with just over a minute to go, and Andreas
Bernard made 42 saves.
Canada was already rolling at the 2021 IIHF World Championship when it came
up against Italy near the end of the preliminary round, but a
cemented its comeback-kids game play after starting that event 0-3. The
Canadians jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, with Andrew
Mangiapane recording a goal and an assist. He would add another of each
before the game was done.
WHAT TO WATCH
Canada may be one of the younger teams at the event, but it is also one of
the biggest, an asset which was on display against Germany from returning
gold-medallist Max Comtois. It also has plenty of fire power up front, and
once the forwards get more comfortable in their lines, expect to see some
Italy finished the 2021 worlds as the only team without a win and will
likely be relying on goaltending to get them out of some jams. With no
NHLers on the roster and only a handful from elite leagues worldwide, the
Italians will be in tough.
A LOOK BACK
In 15 meetings with Italy, Canada has never been beaten and has never given
up more than two goals.
The last time Italy came close was a 2-2 tie in 1995, but since then Canada
was won nine in a row. In 2014, Cody Hodgson had two goals in a
6-1 win over the Italians, with James Reimer backstopping the Canadians in a 22-save effort.
All-time record: Canada leads 13-0-2
Canada goals: 83
Italy goals: 16