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HELSINKI, Finland – Canada’s National Men’s Team improved its record to 3-0 and sits on top of the Group A standings at the 2022 IIHF World Championship after downing Slovakia 5-1 on Monday.
• Pierre-Luc Dubois (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que./Winnipeg, NHL) scored on a second period power play and added a goal late in the middle frame to lead the offence.
• Morgan Geekie (Strathclair, Man./Seattle, NHL) scored his first international goal and added an assist.
• Adam Lowry (Calgary, Alta./Winnipeg, NHL) chipped in with a goal and one assist.
• Cole Sillinger (Regina, Sask./Columbus, NHL) rounded out the scoring.
• Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Buffalo, NHL) and Josh Anderson (Burlington, Ont./Montreal, NHL) contributed with two assists apiece.
• Logan Thompson (Calgary, Alta./Vegas, NHL) turned in a 34-save performance.
• Canada outshot Slovakia 44-35.
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“The final score said it was 5-1 but it was a much closer game than that. We were able to get the offence going after the first period and felt comfortable playing with the lead, but we have a lot of respect for [Slovakia]. They have been our toughest test so far, and you could see that in the way they took it to us, especially in the first period. They played aggressive and created a lot of strong scoring chances, but we were able to regroup and find ways to generate quality scoring chances of our own.”
- Head coach Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) on the challenging game against Slovakia
“I would not believe it if someone had told me that [I would be starting for Team Canada] a few months ago. I had a busy year and it has gone by really quick, but I am just trying to soak it all in. This is a great group with a mix of young players and guys that have been in the [NHL] for a long time. We have some good chemistry already and it has been a lot of fun so far. I have never been invited to a Team Canada event, so this is really special, and my family is really happy for me. I am just trying to enjoy it and play the best I can.”
- Thompson on playing for Team Canada
“It was a great feeling. I was just trying to help the team extend our lead, and I felt like we played a lot better as the game went on. It was great that we were able to come out after a close first period and finish the game the way we did. Moving forward we need to keep doing what we are doing. We have a few days off to rest and recover, watch video and get ready for our game on Thursday.”
- Geekie on scoring his first goal and closing out the game
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