Men's Ice Hockey Game Summary

2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)

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2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)
Game #2
Final
February 6, 2018 5:00 am EST
Arena Riga
Riga, LAT

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
13
7
5
25
5
11
13
29

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
22
0 / 6
6

Game Story

POULIN PERFECT AGAIN, CANADA SHUTS OUT BELARUS

JASON LA ROSE

RIGA, Latvia - Kevin Poulin (Montreal, Que./EHC Kloten, NLA) turned away all 29 shots he faced, leading Canada's Men's Olympic Team to a 2-0 pre-Olympic win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Poulin posted his second-straight international shutout after blanking Switzerland 2-0 in the Spengler Cup final on New Year's Eve, and the Canadians made it back-to-back clean sheets in Riga following a 2-0 win over Latvia on Sunday.

After the teams traded early power plays, Canada opened the scoring just shy of the 12-minute mark; Eric O'Dell (Ottawa, Ont./HC Sochi, KHL) drove wide in the Belarus zone and centered for Maxim Lapierre (Brossard, Que./HC Lugano, NLA), who jammed the 1-0 goal past goaltender Igor Brikun from in tight.

The Canadians had a 13-5 edge in shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, but Belarus would have the advantage the rest of the way, testing Poulin with 24 shots over the final two periods.

Andrew Ebbett (Vernon, B.C./SC Bern, NLA) added a second Canadian goal seven minutes into the third, but it was far from over; Canada paraded to the penalty box immediately following the insurance marker, taking four minors in just over five minutes and giving Belarus a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds.

But Poulin barred the door, making 13 saves in the final frame to preserve the shutout and send Canada to South Korea with a scoreless streak of more than 205 minutes, dating back to the semifinals at the Spengler Cup.

Canada departs for PyeongChang on Wednesday; it will take on Sweden in its final pre-tournament game on Sunday (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) in Incheon, a rematch of the 2014 Olympic gold medal game.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Danila Karaban)
Too Many Players (2:00)
05:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Linden Vey
Slashing (2:00)
07:58
GOAL
Goal: Maxim Lapierre

Assists: Eric O’Dell, Marc-Andre Gragnani
11:58
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Danil Bokun
Tripping (2:00)
02:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Karl Stollery
Tripping (2:00)
13:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Danil Bokun
Slashing (2:00)
18:05
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Andrew Ebbett

Assists: Derek Roy
06:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Brandon Kozun (Served by Mason Raymond)
Checking from Behind (2:00)
08:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Brandon Kozun
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
08:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Andrew Ebbett
Tripping (2:00)
10:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Wojtek Wolski
Tripping (2:00)
12:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Cody Goloubef
Slashing (2:00)
13:36

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Kevin Poulin CAN 60 29 29 0 1.000
Igor Brikun BLR 59 25 23 2 0.920

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SV - 29 - SAV% - 1.000
GA 2 - SV - 23 - SAV% - 0.920
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ SwedenSWE
Feb 11, 2018
0 - 2 L v CanadaCAN
Feb 6, 2018
2 - 0 W @ BelarusBLR
Feb 6, 2018
2 - 0 W @ LatviaLAT
Feb 4, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 6 – CZE 4 (Bronze Medal)
Ebbett and Kelly scored two goals each to help Canada win bronze.
2018 OLY: GER 4 – CAN 3 (Semifinal)
Canada cut a three-goal deficit to one, but fell short in the semis.
2018 OLY: CAN 1 – FIN 0 (Quarter-Final)
Noreau scored early in the third, and Canada booked a semifinal spot.
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.