“Dirty”? Canada rallies to beat Slovakia
Here in Canada we call it good old hard hitting hockey, other parts of the world see it differently, however what ever you think, after the hits that led to game misconducts, meted out in today’s game, it’s hard to argue about the validity of the penalties, what is questionable is were they dirty.
This morning Slovakia gave Canada all they could handle, before bowing 6-3 in an entertaining game in Ufa. Ryan Strome scored twice and defenceman Morgan Rielly had a goal and two assists as Canada overcame two game misconducts and a pair of two-goal deficits, in fact the Slovaks lead 2-0 after the first period.
Canada is gaining a reputation in Ufa for being a very physical, borderline dirty team after Bonne Jenner was suspended for 3 games after a late bone crunching hit against Germany now today’s episodes.
In that first period J.C. Lipon received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for making contact to the head of forward Tomas Mikus, who then scored on the power play. He certainly rattled his head into the glass.
Then in the second Anthony Camara took another five and a game for charging after a hit along the boards on Patrik Luza. The Slovakian blueliner ,who had his head down as he was hit – had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.
In my eyes, the two hits were dirty,” Mikus said. “I didn’t see the second one, so I can’t comment on it, but there was…blood in the face so not clean. Just dirty.”
Ryan Strome scored for Canada but then took an penalty for tripping and just over two minutes into the penalty kill, Dano scored his second goal of the game to regain the two-goal lead 3-1
Minutes later Canada got their own 5-on-3, and Morgan Rielly made the score 3-2, beating goaltender Adam Nagy for his first goal of the tournament.
With Slovak forward Martin Reway sent to the penalty box for cross-checking, Canada’s power play clicked again on a goal by Ty Rattie. Mark Scheifele then gave Canada its first lead of the game, tipping in a shot by Xavier Ouellet to make it 4-3.
Canada added to the lead at 3:32 of the third period on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’s second goal and then Strome’s second goal of the game three-and-a-half minutes later ended the scoring.
The Canadian squad, already missing forward Boone Jenner who served the second game of a three-game suspension, could potentially have 11 forwards for their game against the U.S. if Lipon is disciplined with any games missed.
That game is at 4am EST.
BryanA (with notes from CPress)