HERNING, Denmark – Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Colorado, NHL) scored twice, and Curtis McElhinney (London, Ont./Toronto, NHL) turned away all 25 shots he faced as Canada stormed past South Korea with a dominant 10-0 shutout win in its second game of preliminary play at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Canada is right back in action on Monday, taking on Denmark as preliminary action continues (2:15 a.m. ET/11:15 a.m. PT).
It was a dominant performance for Canada from start to finish, jumping out to a 19-9 lead in shots through the first period, and finishing the game with a 50-25 advantage.
McElhinney wasn’t busy, but was sharp against some point blank chances from the Koreans to preserve the shutout for Canada.
In total, 17 Canadian players hit the score sheet in this one, including three point games from Jost, Joel Edmundson (Brandon, Man./St. Louis, NHL), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL), Mathew Barzal (Vancouver, B.C./New York Islanders, NHL), and Pierre-Luc Dubois (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que./Columbus, NHL).
Canada struck midway through the first; scoring the only goal it would need at 8:41 in the opening frame. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found his own rebound and tucked it past Korean goaltender Matt Dalton.
Jost’s first of the night, a one-timer from the slot stretched the lead to 2-0 near the end of the opening period.
Canada put the game out of reach early in the second with three goals in less than two minutes. Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis, NHL) was first with a blast from the point with Canada on a 5-on-3 power play. Under a minute later Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) got his own power play marker, chipping it over the Korean netminder’s shoulder. Dubois finished the goal scoring flurry, tipping home Joel Edmundson’s point shot.
Goals from Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./St. Louis, NHL), Jost (his second of the game), and Edmundson finished off a six-goal frame for Canada.
McDavid finished off a great passing play from Pierre-Luc Dubois and Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, Man./New York Islanders) for the 9-0 goal four minutes into the third, and Jordan Eberle got Canada to double digits minutes later, parked in front of the net and banging home the rebound off of Edmundson’s point shot.
“I thought they played hard and their goaltender was good early, then we got three quick ones at the start of the second. I liked the power play, the adjustments we made and executed and that gave us the cushion.”
– Bill Peters, head coach, Team Canada
“You don’t want to cheat or start getting away from your good habits and I think we did a pretty good job of that. We didn’t give them too much, but they still had some chances and they’re a hard working team.”
– Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on sticking with the game plan regardless of the score
“It’s going to be a fun game and I know we’re excited. We’ve learned about ourselves through the first two games and the one thing we stress is just playing the Canadian way – the right way. We have a lot of skill up and down our lineup and when we’re working hard, I think we’re a really hard team to beat.”
– Tyson Jost, on facing Denmark on Monday