Team Canada is proving to be a dominant force in the IIHF World Hockey Championships as they steam-rolled Belarus this morning 8-0. So far in three games, Team Canada has outscored opponents 20-2.
Corey Perry made it 2-0 for Team Canada just over a minute into the 2nd period. The goal was Perry's 2nd point of the game and was assisted by Ryan Murray (Columbus Blue Jackets).
Then at the 3:58 mark of the 2nd period, Ryan O'Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) scored a short-handed goal with assists from Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Cody Ceci (Ottawa Senators) to make it 3-0 for Team Canada.
Just over the mid-point of the 2nd period, Belarus would give Canada a power-play, and at the 11:19 mark Matt Duchene would make them pay scoring a power-play goal to make it 4-0. Brassard would get an assist for his 2nd point of the game and Cici would pick up his 2nd assist of the game.
Then just twenty seconds later the Edmonton Oilers connection of Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall would hook up to make it a 5-0 lead for Team Canada. McDavid carried the puck deep into the offensive zone, circled back and skated around three defenders and then fed Hall across the slot and Hall buried it.
Just 1:26 into the 3rd period, Ryan O'Reilly scored his 2nd goal of the game to extend the Team Canada rout to 6-0, with assist coming from Matt Duchene with his 3rd point of the game and Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets).
Team Canada would continue to spread out the scoring as Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators) became the sixth Canadian player to score a goal 9:17 into the 3rd to make it a 7-0 lead. Mark Scheifele got the assist for his 2nd of the game.
With just over six minutes left in the 3rd, Michael Matheson scored on the power-play to make it 8-0 for Team Canada. Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens) picked up an assist and Connor McDavid picked up his 2nd assist of the game.
Canada goalie Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers) only had to stop 13 shots
Matt Duchene lead the scoring with a goal and 2 assists for 3 points
Canada had a 25% shooting percentage
Canada's next game is Thursday when they take on Germany at 11:15 am MST to close out the Round-robin.