Canadian men’s hockey team opens Olympics with victory over Germany
A solid offensive and defensive performance on Day 6 of the Winter Olympics in Beijing led to the Canadian men’s hockey team capturing a 5-1 win against Germany in their first matchup of the preliminary round.
Canada took control of the scoreboard early in game, scoring three straight goals in the opening 10 minutes and 19 seconds of the first period starting with Alex Grant at 4:43. He was followed by goals from Ben Street and Daniel Winnik to put the Canadians up 3-0 at the first intermission.
Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell assisted on Winnik’s goal.
Tobias Rieder scored midway through the second period to bring Germany within two, but Canada’s Maxim Noreau answered with a powerplay goal at 12:58 to put his team back up by three heading into the final frame.
Jordan Weal —a former player with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats— scored the lone goal for either team in the third period, helping secure Canada’s 5-1 victory.
Canadian goaltender Edward Pasquale stopped 23 of 24 shots during the game, while Germany’s Mathias Niederberger went 22 for 27.
Up next for Team Canada in the preliminary round is a game against the United States on Day 8. Puck drop is scheduled for Saturday at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).
Upcoming Saskatchewan competition
Moose Jaw long track speed skater Graeme Fish will make his Olympic debut on Day 7 in the men’s 10,000-metre event. Races start at 2 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.
A little later that morning at 7:10 a.m. (SK time), Saskatoon forward Emily Clark and the Canadian women’s hockey team take on Sweden in the quarter-finals.
Olympic Notes: Read the full Day 6 recap on Olympic.ca…Long track speedskater Isabelle Weidemann captured her second medal of the Games, a silver in the women’s 5000-metre event…Eliot Grondin won silver in the men’s snowboard cross…Jack Crawford claimed bronze in men’s alpine skiing combined…the mixed freestyle aerials skiing team, including Marion Thenault, Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving won bronze…Canada’s medal count is now 12 (One gold, four silver, seven bronze).