2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)

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2018 Olympic Winter Games (Men)
Game #1
Final
February 4, 2018 2:00 pm EST
Arena Riga
Riga, LAT

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
9
6
23
11
7
9
27

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 0
6
0 / 2
2

Game Story

SCRIVENS LEADS CANADA TO PRE-OLYMPIC WIN

JASON LA ROSE

RIGA, Latvia - Ben Scrivens (Spruce Grove, Alta./Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL) stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout, backstopping Canada's Men's Olympic Team to a 2-0 win over Latvia in its pre-PyeongChang opener Sunday.

Marc-André Gragnani (L'Île-Bizard, Que./HC Dinamo Minsk, KHL) and Mat Robinson (Calgary, Alta./CSKA Moscow, KHL) provided the offence for the Canadians, who started their three-game exhibition schedule on a winning note.

Gragnani gave Canada all the offence it would need early on, letting go a harmless-looking wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic and through Latvian goaltender Elvis Merzlikins for an early 1-0 lead at 2:13.

Robinson added insurance just past the midway mark of the second period, jumping into the rush and taking a feed from Derek Roy (Rockland, Ont./Linköping HC, SHL) before going to the backhand to beat Merzlikins.

Scrivens did the rest, keeping the Latvians at bay on a pair of power plays in the third period and surviving a late flurry with Merzlikins on the bench to preserve the clean sheet.

The Canadians are back on the ice at Arena Riga on Tuesday when they face off against Belarus (5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT) before departing for South Korea later in the week. Canada closes out its pre-tournament schedule in Incheon against Sweden on Feb. 11 (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Marc-Andre Gragnani

Assists: Wojtek Wolski
02:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Rob Klinkhammer
Roughing (2:00)
05:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronalds Kenins
Roughing (2:00)
05:12
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Mat Robinson

Assists: Derek Roy, Gilbert Brulé
10:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Stefan Elliott
Slashing (2:00)
19:12
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Karl Stollery
Interference (2:00)
19:32

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Ben Scrivens CAN 60 27 27 0 1.000
Elvis Merzlikins LAT 59 23 21 2 0.913

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SV - 27 - SAV% - 1.000
GA 2 - SV - 21 - SAV% - 0.913
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 4, 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.