May 16, 2014, MINSK, Belarus (ISN) – Cody Hodgson (Markham, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) scored twice to lead the offence for the second game in a row, helping Canada’s National Men’s Team to its fourth straight win at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, 6-1 over Italy on Friday.
Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./Philadelphia, NHL) and Joel Ward (North York, Ont./Washington, NHL) contributed a goal and an assist each, Nathan MacKinnon (Cole Harbour, N.S./Colorado, NHL) added two helpers and James Reimer (Morweena, Man./Toronto, NHL) made 23 saves in the win.
Kyle Turris (New Westminster, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) and Jason Chimera (Edmonton, Alta./Washington, NHL) had Canada’s other goals.
The lone Italian goal came off the stick of David Borelli, and both goaltenders – Daniel Bellissimo and Andreas Bernard – saw action.
Canada opened the scoring 13 minutes into the first period; Ward forced a turnover just outside the Italian zone and down the wing before beating Bellissimo on Canada’s third shot of the game.
Hodgson took advantage of a five-minute Canadian power play early in the second period, banging a rebound past Bellissimo to double the lead at 1:09.
“We just talked about keeping it simple out there,” Matt Read (Ilderton, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) said of the Canadian power play. “Whenever there was a rebound, you know there was always someone there to battle and to get that puck back. Our power play was solid tonight.”
The Hodgson goal opened the floodgates in the middle frame, and the Canadians added three more before the end of the period.
First it was Chimera taking a beautiful two-on-one pass from Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL) and snapping a wrist shot under Bellissimo’s glove, followed three minutes later by a shorthanded marker from Turris, who took a feed from Read and buried his second shorthanded goal in as many days.
“Our first priority is taking away opportunities and not allowing them to score,” Read said of the penalty kill. “Tonight and last game, [Kyle and I] created odd-man rushes by playing smart defence and reading the right time to press for the puck. We’ve been fortunate to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Hodgson added his second of the period late in the stanza, scoring on another rebound after a terrific individual effort from MacKinnon.
The goal was Hodgson’s fifth in two games and sixth overall, good for the tournament lead.
Borelli spoiled Reimer’s shutout bid early in the third period, tipping a point shot past the Canadian netminder, but Schenn finished a sensational feed from MacKinnon to provide the final margin of victory.
The Canadians are back on the ice Sunday, facing Sweden at 9:45 a.m. ET/6:45 a.m. PT, live on TSN.
“It’s going to be a good game, a fun game,” Read said. “We lost to them in the quarter-finals last year, so it gives us a shot at revenge.”