Team Canada suffered their first loss at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia today losing to Finland 4-0. With the loss, Canada's record drops to 6 wins and 1 loss while the Fins stay unbeaten through round-robin play with a record of 7-0.
Despite Team Canada dominating the face-off battle and outshooting Finland 8-4 in the 1st period, there was no scoring by either club.
Finland opened the scoring 6:10 into the 2nd period with a goal from Tommi Kivisto with the assist from Mikko Rantanen. Just ten minutes later the Fins would make it 2-0 on a goal from Leo Komarov (Toronto Maple Leafs) assisted by Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild). Finland kept their foot on the gas stunning Team Canada with a third unanswered goal scored by Myka Pyorala with just over a minute left in the 2nd. Sebastian Aho picked up the assist.
Jamo Kokirnata would put the final nail in the coffin scoring just 2:32 into the 3rd period with an assist coming from Myka Pyorala for his 2nd point of the game.
-Canada entered the game outscoring opponents 34-4 in previous games.
-Finland entered the game outscoring opponents 25-6 in previous games.
-This loss ends Canada's unbeaten streak at the Worlds at 16 games.
-Canada's last loss at the WHC was to Finland in 2014.
-Canada's Corey Perry was involved in a questionable play where he looked to deliberately stick out his foot tripping up #2 draft prospect Patrik Laine.
Canada's next game is against Sweden in the quarter-finals on Thursday from St. Petersburg.