Dave Sheldon | Email David.Sheldon@corusent.com
Team Canada overcame a slow start and once again shoddy officiating to roar back and beat Slovakia 6-3 at the World Juniors in Russia.
Canada was down 2-0 after one period and 3-1 mid-way through the second before pounding the Slovaks into submission with five unanswered goals and some ferocious checking to take the game handily in the end.
Ryan Strome scored twice while Morgan Reilly added a goal and two helpers in the victory.
Already down one forward with the Boone Jenner suspension, Canada lost two more forwards in this game as both JC Lipon and Anthony Camara were tossed from the game after big hits. Lipon's penalty was assessed as a hit to the head, which will be reviewed post game for further discipline, while Camara's check was a hard, clean hit that caught Slovakia's Patrik Luza with his head down as he was looking at the puck. Camara was informed by the on ice officials that the hit was clean, but was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct after Luza was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.
Team Canada is now 2-0 and will face the Americans on Sunday. Team USA faces Team Russia at 6 AM...if the US wins this game, the Canada-US game will be for first in the pool.