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Canada Remains Undefeated

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

CANADA (4) VS. FRANCE (3)

Canada (5-0-0-0) managed to sneak away with a 4-3 win over France (1-0-0-4) on Saturday at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, relying on a late tally to help the club come out on top in a nail biter.

Canada remains perfect in preliminary play.

The Canadians struck twice in the first period, trying to pull ahead early while outshooting France by more than a 3-to-1 ratio. The underdog wouldn’t been dissuaded however, and tallied its first of the match at 16:31 to keep the game close.

Tyler Seguin picked up his second power-play marker of the game in the middle stanza, helping Canada to a 3-1 lead after two frames.

France brought the pressure in the third, scoring at 6:21 and again at 6:56 to tie the game.

The deadlock didn’t last for long though, as Jordan Eberle netted the game-winning goal at 9:18 and Canada kept France from pulling off the seemingly impossible.

"We know how to win games," Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene told the IIHF website after the game. "There was no panic. We didn't believe for a second it wasn't going to end up a Canada win."

Three of four Avalanche players helped Canada to the win, as Duchene, Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon all picked up assists in the first period.

Barrie finished the contest with the second highest time on ice (19:36) on the team.

Ryan O'Reilly ended up with two shots on goal and 17:23 of playing time, tied for the second highest time on ice among forwards.

Canada returns to action on Sunday, facing Switzerland (2-0-3-0) at 12:15 p.m. MT.


DENMARK (4) VS. NORWAY (1)

Denmark (1-0-1-4) and Norway (2-0-0-4) squared off on Saturday at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and the Danes came out on the right side of the 4-1 affair.

Denmark struck first, scoring just 1:51 into the game, but Norway equalized soon after at the 3:18 mark.

After that, it was all Denmark. The Danes scored once more in the first, once in the second and one last time in the third to put the game out of reach.

Avs prospect and Norwegian rear guard Jonas Holos logged a team-high 26:37 of ice time in the loss, registering one shot on goal.

Danish defenseman and Avalanche prospect Markus Lauridsen did not skate in the contest.

Denmark has a day off before facing Slovenia (0-0-0-5) on Monday at 12:15 p.m. MT. Norway will play Belarus (3-0-1-1) on Tuesday at 4:15 a.m. MT.


SWEDEN (2) VS. SWITZERLAND (1) - OVERTIME

Sweden skated away to a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory over Switzerland at O2 Arena in Prague, scoring in the first and bonus periods to take the game.

The Swedes tallied the tie-breaking goal 3:49 into the extra frame while on the power play, ending a stalemate and moving into second place in Group A with just a handful of games remaining in the opening round of the tournament.

After trailing for nearly two periods, the Swiss tied the game just 34 seconds into the third period to eventually force overtime.

Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra did not play in the loss.

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