2017-18 National Men's Team

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2018 IIHF World Championship
Game #1
Final
May 1, 2018 10:00 am EST
Arena Riga
Riga, LAT

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
3
2
6
1
0
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
13
19
14
46
9
7
12
28

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 0
2
0 / 1
0

Game Story

CANADA ROLLS PAST LATVIA FOR PRE-WORLDS WIN

JASON LA ROSE

RIGA, Latvia – Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) scored twice, Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (Sainte-Agathe-de-Monts, Que./Columbus, NHL) had a goal and an assist apiece, and Canada’s National Men’s Team earned a 6-1 win over Latvia on Tuesday in its lone pre-tournament game ahead of the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis, NHL) added three assists, and Bo Horvat (Rodney, Ont./Vancouver, NHL) and Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./St. Louis, NHL) had two for the Canadians, who took charge with a three-goal second period.

McDavid was first on the board for Canada, cruising through the slot and getting his stick on a Parayko point shot for the 1-0 goal at 16:59 of the opening period.

But the Latvians responded just a minute later, with Rodrigo Abols tipping a shot past Canadian goaltender Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona, NHL) to send the game to the intermission tied 1-1.

The goals came fast and furious for Canada early in the second period.

Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel-Tracy, Que./N.Y. Islanders, NHL) was first at 1:08, racing down the left wing and beating Latvian netminder Kristers Gudlevskis with a quick shot over the glove.

The Dubois-Horvat-Pageau line extended the lead with a pair of goals on the same shift; Dubois parked himself in the slot and finished a feed from Horvat to make it 3-1 at 6:05, before finding Pageau with a cross-crease feed to make it a three-goal lead just 28 seconds later.

Curtis McElhinney (London, Ont./Toronto, NHL) took over for Kuemper – who stopped 15 of 16 – to start the third period. He made 12 saves in the final 20 minutes.

Pageau poked in his second of the game early in the third period before McDavid and Schwartz set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Edmonton, NHL) to finish the scoring midway through the final stanza.

The Canadians will travel to Herning, Denmark for the preliminary round at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. It opens its quest for a third gold medal in four years against the United States on Friday (10:15 a.m. ET/7:15 a.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Connor McDavid

Assists: Bo Horvat, Colton Parayko
16:59
GOAL
Goal: Rodrigo Abols

Assists: Mikelis Redlihs, Ralfs Freibergs
17:59
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Anthony Beauvillier

Assists: Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn
01:08
GOAL
Goal: Pierre-Luc Dubois

Assists: Bo Horvat, Colton Parayko
06:05
GOAL
Goal: Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Assists: Colton Parayko, Pierre-Luc Dubois
06:33
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Curtis McElhinney

00:00
GOAL
Goal: Jean-Gabriel Pageau

05:32
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Assists: Connor McDavid, Jaden Schwartz
09:20
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Matiss Edmunds Kivleneks

10:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Brayden Schenn
Holding (2:00)
14:51

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Darcy Kuemper CAN 40 16 15 1 0.938
Curtis McElhinney CAN 20 12 12 0 1.000
Kristers Gudlevskis LAT 50 43 37 6 0.860
Matiss Edmunds Kivleneks LAT 9 3 3 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SV - 15 - SAV% - 0.938
GA 6 - SV - 37 - SAV% - 0.860
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

6 - 1 W @ LatviaLAT
May 1, 2018
1 - 6 L v CanadaCAN
May 1, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 Spengler Cup: KUO 2 – CAN 1 SO (Championship)
Winnik scored, but Canada was edged in an eight-round shootout.
2018 Spengler Cup: CAN 4 – NUR 2 (Semifinal)
Boychuk had 2G 1A in the first 13 minutes to send Canada to the final.
2018 Spengler Cup: CAN 6 – NUR 2 (Preliminary)
Fabbro scored a pair of goals to lead Canada into the semifinals.
2018 Spengler Cup: CAN 2 – DAV 1 (Preliminary)
Boychuk and D’Agostini scored, and Canada hung on to edge the hosts.