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Canada wins second straight at Hlinka tourney

by Adam Kimelman

Max Domi, son of former NHL player Tie Domi and a highly regarded 2013 NHL Draft prospect, had two goals and two assists, and Anthony Duclair had the go-ahead goal and an assist as a quick-strike scoring attack paced Canada to a 7-5 win against Sweden on Tuesday at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

In a Group B game, played at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia, Canada got goals from six different players en route to their second victory in as many days. They beat Switzerland 4-1 on Monday.

Nathan McKinnon, Morgan Klimchuk, Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart also scored for Canada, which scored three power-play goals and another shorthanded.

"We had them both going well," Canada coach Todd Gill said of the special-teams play. "Our penalty kill should be darn good because we used it enough. It's frustrating for the kids because they're not doing that much wrong. We took some penalties we have to control and get away from, and we're getting better. I thought we did a great job on our penalty kill and our power play got us going, and you need those running at a high percentage to win this tournament."

Fabian Gunnarsson scored twice for Sweden. Victor Ohman, Alexander Henriksson and Tobias Liljendahl added goals for Sweden, which is 1-1 after beating Slovakia 7-3 on Monday.

MacKinnon and Klimchuk got Canada out to a 2-0 lead in the first 1:58 of the game, but Sweden answered with a pair of power-play goals.

Duclair, a left wing for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, put Canada ahead when he scored on the power play with 2:29 left in the first.

Canada opened things up in the second, scoring power-play goals 57 seconds apart in the period to push its lead to 5-2. Lazar scored 2:23 in, and 27 seconds later, Canada went back on the power play. This time, it was Domi scoring at 3:20.

Gunnarsson's second of the game, with 2:27 left in the second, got Sweden within 5-3, but Reinhart scored shorthanded 1:19 into the third to push Canada's lead to three goals.

"The shorthanded goal was huge and certainly looks big now because of what they did,” Gill said. "Reinhart does a great job, he's just so smart. He's one of the smartest players I've ever coached."

Reinhart's goal became extra important when Sweden pulled to within 6-5 at 14:40 of the third on Liljendahl's goal. Canada held strong the rest of the way, and capped the scoring on Domi's goal with eight seconds left.

Canada concludes preliminary-round play Wednesday against Slovakia. Semifinal-round play is Aug. 17, with the bronze- and gold-medal games set for Aug. 18. Canada has won the past four tournaments.

"Slovakia is a different team than Sweden," said Gill, who also coaches the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. "Their game against Sweden was tough to evaluate because Slovakia plays a patient game and sits back, while Sweden is so good and so fast and passes the puck so well that if you give them time they're going to pick you apart. But we treat every team here like they're the best in this tournament. We can't let up on anybody, we can't take shortcuts."

Also Tuesday in Group B, Patrick Brandli scored twice -- including a three-on-five shorthanded goal -- to lead Switzerland to a 4-0 defeat of Slovakia.

Czech Republic 5, United States 2: Despite jumping out to an early lead, the United States lost to the Czech Republic in a Group A game played at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Adam Erne opened the scoring for Team USA at 12:28 of the first period, scoring off a pass from Karson Kuhlman. Drew Melanson nearly made it two-goal lead when he was awarded a penalty shot early in the second period, but he missed just wide of the net.

The Czech Republic went ahead to stay with a pair of goals 54 seconds apart in the middle period and extended its lead to 4-1 in the third before Gabe Guertler converted a Jimmy Lodge feed with 7:06 remaining, cutting the U.S. deficit to two.

"We controlled the play for most of the game and played very well offensively," Team USA coach Matt Herr said. "We can still move on to the next round. We just need to correct some mistakes and come out prepared."

The United States will take the ice again Wednesday when it squares off against Finland at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

In another Group A game played at Alcaplast Arena, Russia defeated Finland 6-1.

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