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Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games after
downing host China 7-2 in the qualification round on Tuesday.
• Adam Tambellini (Edmonton, Alta./Rögle BK, SHL)
led the offence with two goals and three assists, including a
penalty-shot marker. Tambellini is the first Canadian to score on a
penalty shot at the Olympics since Petr Nedved (Feb. 17, 1994 vs. USA)
and the first to record five points in an Olympic game since Dave
Gagner (Feb. 13, 1984 vs. NOR).
• Jordan Weal (North Vancouver, B.C./Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
chipped in with a pair of goals and an assist.
• Eric O’Dell (Ottawa/Dynamo Moscow, KHL), Eric Staal (Thunder Bay, Ont./Iowa, AHL) and Jack McBain (Toronto/Boston College, HE) rounded out
• Maxim Noreau (Montréal/ZSC Lions, NL)
contributed three assists.
• Matt Tomkins (Sherwood Park, Alta./Frölunda HC, SHL)
made 27 saves, including a penalty-shot stop off Spencer Foo early in
the first period.
• Canada outshot China 45-29.
Canada vs. Sweden (quarterfinal) – Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:30 a.m.
ET/5:30 a.m. PT)
“I thought China was one of the best teams in the tournament at creating
chances off the rush. If you are not back-checking well against them, they
are going to take advantage of those opportunities. We were able to adjust
and start playing better as the game went on, and [Tomkins] made some big
saves to help us keep the lead. I think our players adjusted to China’s
pressure well from the second period onwards, and we were able to take
control of the game.”
- Head coach Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) on the difficulty of playing
“We want to play games because we are hungry. We did not mind playing
today. The game against China gave us another opportunity to get better and
to find things in our game that we can improve on, and I think we did that
tonight. We have always said that we need to get better every day, and just
keep adding elements to our game that can help us win.”
- Weal on continuing to improve
“It is important for [our line] and our team that we are contributing on
offence. Corban [Knight] and Jordan [Weal] are special players. They are
easy to play with and fun to play with, and I am definitely happy to be
contributing and it is great that all three of us are able to create
scoring opportunities and capitalize on them.”
- Tambellini on his line’s contributions to the team
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