Riga, Latvia – Canada scored its third consecutive victory in the World Ice Hockey Championship, easily defeating Italy 7-1 on Sunday afternoon in Riga.
Andrew Mangiapan (2-2) and Connor Brown (0-4) led Canada’s attack (3-0-3-0) with four points each.
Cole Perfetti, Adam Henrique, Troy Stitcher, Maxime Comtua and Brandon Perry scored the other goals for Canada, which had 49 shots in the direction of Justin Fazio and Davide Fadani.
Henrique added two passes.
Angelo Messili scored Italy’s only goal (0-0-6-0) against Aden Hill, who faced just 14 shots.
Gerrard Gallant’s men scored their first four goals in a span of just over nine minutes in the first period, using 11 shots.
Perfetti opened the scoring at 2:33 and Mangiabane doubled Canada’s lead by third in the tournament at 8:04.
Sticher and Henrique followed, with two goals in 23 seconds. After Henrique’s goal, Fazio was replaced by Fadani, who saved all six shots he faced in the first half.
With this win, Canada totals nine points, as is Germany (3-0-2-0) which, however, has a match in the bank. The two clubs are tied for fourth place in Group Two.
The Germans, who beat Canada 3-1 on Monday, will complete their preliminaries against the United States on Monday and Latvia on Tuesday.
Canada will play its final preliminary match against Finland on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Finns, who are first in Group Two, face Latvia later on Sunday.
In the first set, in the afternoon, Switzerland defeated Belarus 6-0. In the evening, Sweden is fighting a battle against Slovakia.