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IIHF World Cup: Samuel Montembolt is the Canadian player of the match in victory

The Slovaks were strong, but with the help of Samuel Montembolt, Canada managed to win 2-1 in a penalty shootout at the World Hockey Championships on Monday in Riga, Latvia.

The Maple Leaf Representatives faced goaltender Samuel Hallavag. The 21-year-old blocked 42 of his opponent’s 43 shots. In regulation time, he was only thwarted by a throw by Jake Neighbors.

This Canadian feat was recorded in the first period. The Slovaks also leveled the score, through Peter Cilarik, before half-time.

It was Jack Quinn who ended the match on penalties. The Buffalo Sabers representative was the eighth that coach Andre Turrini sent to the surface of the ice.

“It was a good match,” said Quinn, whose comments were quoted by the IIHF website. They have a great team and they played really well defensively. We weren’t good at playing power and it was a fight to the end.”

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And in front of the Canadian goal, Montembelt made 23 saves. Named the game’s Canadian player, it also defeated Quebec twice on eight occasions during the shootout. This is the second win for the player wearing the colors of the Montreal Canadiens in the National League. Closed to Latvia last Friday.

“No, I’m not,” Montembolt replied when asked if he liked penalty kicks. It’s stressful. It’s 1 on 1 and we never know what could happen. We came away with a win and that’s great! “

As Cowen mentioned, Canada will have to go back to the drawing board to improve its powerhouse performance. The Turin skaters could not score a goal with the man advantage despite 10 chances against Slovakia.

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Montembolt said on the subject: “We’ll have to work on our numerical advantage. We haven’t been able to take advantage of it. Hmm [les Slovaques] They worked hard and blocked a lot of shots and the goalkeeper was amazing.

The Canadians, who have won their first three meetings, will return to action on Wednesday. They will face Kazakhstan in Riga.