Game Summary

Canada 11 - Latvia 0

Qualifier Round
Thursday May 11, 2006
8:15 pm (local)/ 1:15 pm ET
Riga, LAT
Skonto Arena

RIGA, Latvia - Canada got goals from 10 players, including nine on the power-play, in an 11-0 win over Latvia on Thursday for Canada's fourth straight win at the World Hockey Championship.

The game featured a total of 23 penalties and the teams played 5-on-5 for about 20 minutes over the course of the 60-minute game. The game was marred by angry fans littering the ice and at one point a Latvian player issued a plea over the public address system for peace.

Jason Williams had a goal and three assists. Kyle Calder added two goals while Sidney Crosby, Brad Boyes, Patrice Bergeron, Brendan Shanahan, Jeff Carter, Matt Pettinger, Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell also scored.

Goalie Marc Denis made 26 saves for the shutout in his second start of the tournament.

Canada now has six points atop the Group E standings and Canada's nest opponent is the Czech Republic on Sunday and they play Finland on Monday.

The Latvians fans are renowned for the passion they bring to the game and the greeted their heroes with chants of "Latvia, Latvia." The Riga Arena was so loud that Canadian family members were given earplugs by team officials.

The game was decided in the first period when Canada scored four goals. And it was after Bergeron made it 4-0 at 17:43 that things deteriorated. The fans, upset by the officiating of referee Rick Looker of the United States, littered the ice with everything from coins to shoes and even a cellphone.

The final score was Canada's largest win over Latvia since a 14-0 victory at the1935 world championship .

Preview: Players and fans can say what they want about noisy NHL arenas but they are nothing compared to the deafening levels the Canadians can expect when they play the host nation in the opening game of the qualifying round. Latvia may not be a world hockey power but the Lavtians fans are golem deal winners when it comes to cranking up the decibel meter.

The game is being played in the shiny new Arena Riga, where more than 10,000 fans will cheer on the home team. "It's going to be a test for our younger players,' Team Canada captain Brendan Shanahan said after the 2-1 win over the United States. 'It's going to be an environment that they've never seen before."

by Alan Adams


Box Score CAN
4
1
6
11
Compte LAT
0
0
0
0

First Period/Première période

Scoring/Buts:
5.41 1 - 0 PP1 Canada 29. WILLIAMS, Jason (6. STUART, Brad)
8.49 2 - 0 PP2 Canada 87. CROSBY, Sidney (29. WILLIAMS, Jason)
14.40 3 - 0 PP1 Canada 26. BOYES, Brad (29. WILLIAMS, Jason)
17.43 4 - 0 PP1 Canada 37. BERGERON, Patrice (26. BOYES, Brad) (87. CROSBY, Sidney)

Penalties/Pénalités:
1.59 2 min Canada 18. RICHARDS, Mike Hooking
3.06 2 min Latvia 14. TAMBIJEVS, Leonids Holding
5.15 2 min Latvia 12. VASILJEVS, Herberts Hooking
7.48 2 min Latvia 10. DARZINS, Lauris Hooking
8.16 2 min Latvia 2. ASTASENKO, Kaspars Clipping
10.45 2 min Latvia 12. VASILJEVS, Herberts Slashing
11.54 2 min Canada 14. SHANAHAN, Brendan Hooking
14.11 2 min Latvia 3. REKIS, Arvids Tripping
15.20 GK in Latvia 1. RAITUMS, Martins
15.20 GK out Latvia 30. NAUMOVS, Sergejs
15.45 2 min Latvia 3. REKIS, Arvids Interference
18.00 2 min Latvia 20. STALS, Juris Interference

Second Period/Deuxième période

Scoring/Buts:
25.58 5 - 0 PP1 Canada 14. SHANAHAN, Brendan (29. WILLIAMS, Jason) (13. CAMMALLERI, Mike)

Penalties/Pénalités:
20.57 2 min Canada 55. SCHULTZ, Nick Slashing
24.57 2 min Latvia 4. SAVIELS, Agris Slashing
27.41 2 min Latvia 18. PUJACS, Georgijs Interference
29.39 2 min Canada 13. CAMMALLERI, Mike Holding
31.01 2 min Latvia 47. CIPULIS, Martins Hooking
32.49 2 min Latvia 16. SIROKOVS, Aleksejs Highsticking
35.44 2 min Canada 12. METROPOLIT, Glen Interference
38.49 2 min Canada 2. HAMHUIS, Dan Hooking
39.40 2 min Latvia 6. JEROFEJEVS, Aleksandrs Interference

Third Period/Troisième période

Scoring/Buts:
0.24 6 - 0 EQ Canada 7. CARTER, Jeff (19. CALDER, Kyle) (55. SCHULTZ, Nick)
41.18 7 - 0 PP2 Canada 27. PETTINGER, Matt (16. DALEY, Trevor) (12. METROPOLIT, Glen)
42.24 8 - 0 PP1 Canada 18. RICHARDS, Mike (6. STUART, Brad) (7. CARTER, Jeff)
45.59 9 - 0 PP1 Canada 19. CALDER, Kyle
46.31 10 - 0 EQ Canada 19. CALDER, Kyle (2. HAMHUIS, Dan) (18. RICHARDS, Mike)
50.17 11 - 0 PP1 Canada 17. HARTNELL, Scott (12. METROPOLIT, Glen)

Penalties/Pénalités:
40.48 2 min Latvia 14. TAMBIJEVS, Leonids Cross-checking
44.50 2 min Latvia 27. SEMJONOVS, Aleksandrs Slashing
49.14 2 min Latvia 8. GALVINS, Guntis Interference
53.24 2 min Canada 5. SEABROOK, Brent Holding
.04 2 min Canada 12. METROPOLIT, Glen Hooking


Goaltenders CAN 30. DENIS, Marc
Gardiens de but LAT 30. NAUMOVS, Sergejs, 1. RAITUMS, Martins 

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 15 12 13 40
Tirs au but LAT 4 12 10 26

Referee/Arbitre Rick Looker
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Ales Lesnjak, Roman Pouzar

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