The Canadian men's hockey team suffered its first loss of the tournament on Saturday, with a shootout loss to the Czech Republic. What bettors do know is that the Canadians looked impressive in their opener, routing the Swiss 5-1 behind two-goal efforts from former National Hockey League forwards Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski.
The Czech Republic team celebrates after beating two-time defending champions Canada.
The game ended when Maxim Noreau's shootout attempt slipped off the post behind Czech goalie Pavel Francouz allowing the Czechs to win 2-1 in the penalty shot portion of the program.
Maybe the Canadians will get some help from other teams, but if they don't advance straight to the quarter-finals after the preliminary round, they will have to play a qualification game to earn a spot in the quarters.
Switzerland and Slovenia also picked up victories in the men's tournament.
Canada coach Willie Desjardins was pleased with his team's performance despite the result.
Canada has dominated its opponents 33-20 in shots.
The advantage is going to Canada in this matchup because the Czech Republic wasn't truly tested in their game against South Korea.More news: Google Shipped 3.9 Million Pixel Units Last Year
But that lead disappeared just 25 seconds into the second period when a loose puck squirted out to Jordan in the slot, where he snapped it home.
"It's a game of inches sometimes and we had some good looks on that 5-on-3", said Vey.
"Now we just move ahead".
"We were one short today, so that means I've got to be one shot better next time", said Scrivens. They played the Czechs 2-1. "Lots of parts of our game were good". Roy made some nifty rushes but couldn't finish it off.
The baddest bounce for Canada came late in the second period, while on a two-man advantage after Chris Lee got mixed up with Michal Jordan, who pushed the Canadian defenceman into the Czech bench and closed the door, leading to an interference penalty.
Though the game was entertaining throughout, it wasn't exactly a smoothly played game by either team with extended periods of puck possession at a minimum. Dominik Kubalik tied things up for the Czechs at 6:52 in the same period. He went down but the puck went to Noreau at the point and his shot found its way to Bourque who, finding a seam between two defenders in front, put it away at 13:30.
Dalton, a native of Clinton who played for the London Nationals and St. Marys Lincolns as a teen and holds dual Canada/Korea citizenship, stopped his first shot, but the puck trickled behind him and Repik whacked it into the net.