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Canada Cruises To Victory

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Matt Duchene and Kyle Cumiskey helped Team Canada cruise to a 5-1 victory over Italy on Saturday at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Germany.


Both Avalanche players made their way onto the score sheet during their Men’s World Championship debuts, with Duchene netting a goal and an assist and Cumiskey picking up a helper of his own.

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Duchene scored a goal at 5:57 of the second period to give Canada a 3-1 lead and then assisted on a Steven Stamkos tally just under five minutes later to make it a three-goal cushion. The Haliburton, Ontario native recorded five shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating in 16:40 of ice time.

Cumiskey also assisted on Stamkos’ goal in the second period and had a +2 plus/minus rating in 11:54 of ice time for Canada.

Team Canada’s next challenge will come Monday when the squad faces Latvia.

What’s On Tap:  Four players from the Avalanche organization will be in action Sunday at the IIHF World Championship.

Ruslan Salei and Belarus kick off the action with a contest against Kazakhstan. Salei is serving as Belarus’ captain at the tournament.

Later in the day, Slovakia will take on defending World Champion Russia. Avalanche players Peter Budaj and Marek Svatos are members of the Slovakian National Team.

Also on Sunday, Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos and Team Norway will play their first tournament game, squaring off against Sweden.
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