Canada rallied in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and upend Germany by a score of 5-2 in preliminary-round action at the 2016 IIHF World Championship to remain undefeated
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Taylor Hall (Kingston, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) scored twice as Canada improved to 4-0 at the 2016 IIHF World Championship with a 5-2 win over Germany.
Tied 2-2 after two periods, Canada scored three times in the third to pull away and win its 14th straight game at the men’s worlds.
Canada also got goals from Corey Perry (Peterborough, Ont./Anaheim, NHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Columbus, NHL) and Cody Ceci (Orléans, Ont./Ottawa, NHL).
Derick Brassard (Hull, Que./New York Rangers, NHL) added two assists and now has a team-best seven points.
Cam Talbot (Caledonia, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) made 17 saves for his third win.
Through 40 minutes the teams were even on the scoreboard and nearly equal in shots on net (15-12 in favour of Canada).
A goaltender interference call less than a minute into the third on Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL) handed Germany early momentum. Canada killed off the penalty, though, and 20 seconds after leaving the box, McDavid fed Hall in the slot for the game-winning goal.
Morgan Rielly’s (West Vancouver, B.C./Toronto, NHL) point shot was tipped in by Jenner 3:38 later.
The lead grew to three with 6:43 to play in the third. On the power play, Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) won the face-off and got the puck back to Ceci. The defenceman’s shot from a few feet inside the blue line went under goaltender Timo Pielmeier’s arm just eight seconds into the man-advantage.
Canada initially took an early lead. Only 3:54 into the game, Hall sent a wrist shot from the face-off circle far side under Pielmeier’s glove.
Germany nearly tied it later in the opening period. A Canadian turnover in the offensive zone sent the Germans on a two-on-one rush. The centering pass went off Gerrit Fauser’s foot and in. After review, the goal was waved off.
In the second, Canada once again found the back of the net early, scoring 3:22 into the period.
With only two seconds left in Canada’s first power play of the game, Perry redirected a pass from Matt Duchene (Haliburton, Ont./Colorado, NHL) to make it 2-0.
Germany got one back just past the midway mark of the second. Marcel Noebels kicked the puck across to Patrick Reimer, who beat Talbot low short side from the outside edge of the face-off circle.
Sinan Akdag, from just inside the face-off circle, picked the top corner far side to tie the game with 2:24 remaining in the second.
Taylor Hall, who is tied for 7th in tournament scoring leaders with five goals, one assist in four games, on Team Canada’s mindset heading into the third period tied at 2:
“There wasn’t panic, but we knew we had to have our best period of the tournament. [Germany] played hard tonight. They came out strong and you gotta give them credit. I think we did a lot to feed their transition and feed their play. So if we can be better that way – just better starts – that will help us a lot.”
Head coach Bill Peters on the prospect of adding more players to the team:
“I am perfectly fine with the team we have. If we can add someone that can make us better, we will have to consider it.”
Team Canada went undefeated at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, on its way to its first gold medal in eight years. Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 19 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold-medallists were also considered world champions. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in that timespan.