Game Summary
Canada  6 -  Belarus  3
 

MOSCOW – Team Canada captain Shane Doan scored three of Canada's five second-period goals in a 6-3 win over Belarus at the World Hockey Championships on Friday.

It was Canada's fourth-straight win and first in the qualifying round in the world tournament. Canada's next game is Sunday against the Czech Republic and the Canadians play the United States on Monday.

Teenager Jonathan Toews, with his first even-strength point of the tournament to go along with his four assists, Mike Cammalleri and Matthew Lombardi also scored for Canada.

The Canadians trailed 1-0 after the first period but the took control in the second and never looked back.

Doan scored short-handed, on the power pay and at even strength to get the natural hat trick. The effort came a day after members of Canada's House of Commons questioned Doan's leadership skills and were told by Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson that Doan embodies everything that is great about Canada's national game.

"I think his actions speak for himself," said Jay McClement. "He is our captain and there is a reason he is our captain. That was a great performance."

Canada now leads its bracket in the 16-team tournament with nine points.

Doan tied the game with a shorthanded goal in the third minute of play when he broke in on a 2-on-1 with Rick Nash, who had the puck on his stick. Nash hesitated long enough for the Belarus defenceman to drop down in the event of a shot and Nash feathered a soft pass to Doan and he swept the puck into the net tie the game at 2:38.

Doan put Canada ahead for the first time at 5:15 while on the power play. He pounced on a rebound and scored into a gaping net for his third goal of the championship tournament.

Toews, who won gold in January as a member of Canada's National Junior Team, netted his first goal at the senior level less than three minutes later. He started the play by making a head-up pass to Jason Chimera and headed to the net and tipped a return pass from Chimera for a 3-1 lead.

Doan completed the hat trick at 9:13 and Cammalleri gave Canada a four-goal cushion at 16:20 of the second.

Lombardi scored at 16:15 of the third when the puck deflected off a shin pad into the Belarus net.

"We had another tough start but we didn't get down. We're getting better and guys are getting used to their roles and their linemates," said McClement. "We're going in the right direction."

Goalie Cam Ward settled down after getting beat for a goal in the first period and he went the distance for the win.

Canada outshot Belarus 40-21.

The Canadians will use Saturday to prepare for the back-to-back games against the Czechs and the Americans.

"It will be a tough test for us," said McClement. "Those games are important for seeding in the quarter-finals. They are two good opponents and we have to be ready."

 

Game Information
Game Number 29  Round Qualification
Arena Khodynka Arena City, Country Moscow, Russia
Month / Day / Year 05/04/2007 Time (local) 04:15 PM MSK
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3  Total
Canada (CAN) 0 5 16
Belarus (BLR)1023
Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   08:43 BLR 18 Aleksei Ugarov (10 Oleg Antonenko, 19 Dmitry Meleshko) PP

Penalties:
   00:28 CAN 4 Eric Brewer (Boarding)
   01:22 BLR 28 Konstantin Koltsov (Interference)
   07:22 CAN 20 Colby Armstrong (Roughing)
   07:49 CAN 21 Jamal Mayers (Delay of Game)
   10:54 BLR 3 Oleg Leontiev (Hooking)
   15:41 CAN 61 Rick Nash (Slashing)
   16:38 CAN 22 Mike Commodore (Slashing)

Second Period
Goals:
   02:38 CAN 19 Shane Doan (61 Rick Nash) SH
   05:15 CAN 19 Shane Doan (16 Jonathan Toews, 61 Rick Nash)
   08:32 CAN 16 Jonathan Toews (25 Jason Chimera) EN
   09:13 CAN 19 Shane Doan (5 Barret Jackman, 18 Matthew Lombardi) EN
   16:20 CAN 13 Mike Cammalleri (3 Dion Phaneuf, 12 Eric Staal) EN

Penalties:
   01:16 CAN 25 Jason Chimera (Slashing)
   04:28 BLR 77 Dmitry Dudik (Charging)
   14:18 BLR 30 Artem Volkov (Bodychecking)
   16:32 CAN 5 Barret Jackman (Boarding)
   17:57 CAN 3 Dion Phaneuf (Cross Checking)
   19:21 BLR 15 Andrei Glebov (Interference)

Third Period
Goals:
   09:58 BLR 5 Aleksandr Ryadinsky (11 Aleksandr Kulakov, 70 Vladimir Denisov) EN
   16:15 CAN 18 Matthew Lombardi (20 Colby Armstrong, 22 Mike Commodore) EN
   18:53 BLR 19 Dmitry Meleshko (3 Oleg Leontiev, 10 Oleg Antonenko) PP

Penalties:
   08:06 CAN 23 Cory Murphy (Charging)
   09:24 BLR 18 Aleksei Ugarov (Holding)
   16:54 CAN 23 Cory Murphy (Cross Checking)
   18:08 CAN 2 Dan Hamhuis (Charging)


Goaltenders
Canada
Belarus
33 Stepan Goryachevskikh On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada1616840
Belarus1023

Player of Game
Canada
Belarus
Officials
Referee Peter Jonak
Lines People Ansis Eglitis, Anders Karlberg