Canada and Hungary met for only the 2nd time since 1939 today, the last time being in 2009 where Canada beat the Hungarians 9-0. Canada comes into this game with a 1-0 record after beating the USA while Hungary is 0-1 after a 4-1 loss to Slovakia. Hungary has only one player with NHL experience, 41 year old Frank Banham who played 30 games in the late 90's-early 00's. He's one of the players in this tournament who is playing on a country other than that of his birthplace which is Calahoo, Alberta. Canada has won 11 straight games in this tournament dating back to 2014.
Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche) got the start in net for Canada while Zoltan Hetenyi got the start for Hungary. Canada would get an early power play in the game and wouldn't waste it as Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) would score on a tic tac toe passing play to give Canada the 1-0 lead. Halfway through the period Canada would extend the lead to 2-0 with Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) tapping in a beautiful setup from Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers). Late in the 1st Hungary would make it 2-1 on a goal from Istvan Bartalis. He wired a one timer off of a Canadian turnover right over an unsuspecting Pickard's shoulder. Canada leads 2-1 after the 1st, outshooting Hungary 11-5.
The second period is where the game would get out of hand as Canada would put in 4 goals in 5:33. First, Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators) would score off a scramble in front off the Belarus net to make it 3-1. A minute and a half later Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) would sneak a shot through Hentenyi to make it 4-1. Two minutes after that Derrick Brassard (Columbus Blue Jackets) would tap in a loose puck in front of the Belarus net for the 5-1 lead. Mike Matheson (Florida Panthers) would then chase Zoltan Hentenyi 56 seconds later, getting a wrist shot under Hentenyi's glove from the faceoff circle. Adam Vay would come in and hold down the fort for Hungary for the rest of the period. Canada has the 6-1 lead and a 26-13 shot advantage.
About 5 minutes into the third Canada would make it 7-1 with Taylor Hall banking in a shot off the Hungarian defender through the goaltender's five hole. Both teams would take a few penalties down the stretch as the game evened out. Canada would finish the 3rd outshooting Hungary 10-9 and 36-22 in the game. Canada wins 7-1 and moves to 2-0 in the tournament.
- Canada had a 19.44% shooting percentage today
- Micheal Matheson lead the scoring with 3 points (1G, 2A)
- Hall, Scheifiele, Stone, Brassard, and McDavid all registered two points
- Pickard made 21 saves in his tournament debut
- Hungary's goal was the first against Canada in 78 years back to 1939
Canada continues their tournament tomorrow against Belarus at 7:15 am MST before being off until Thursday when they take on Germany at 11:15 am MST. Canada extends their win streak to 12 games and moves to 2-0 in the tournament and the top seed in Group B.