Canada – Slovakia 6-3 WJC Dec 28th 2012 All Goals & Highlights

In their second Group match, Canada defeated Slovakia 6-3. They overcame a pair of two-goal deficits. Undisciplined penalties put them behind. The Slovaks cashed in on two five-on-three’s. After receiving a check to the head from ejected Canadian forward J.C. Lipon, Tomas Mikus returned on the next shift and finished off a nice pass for a power play goal that put his team ahead 2-0. Earlier, teammate Marko Dano steered home a rebound to open the scoring. Dano had a big day, finishing with two goals and an assist in a losing effort.

Ryan Strome (NYI) got Canada on the board with his first of the tournament in the second. He free wheeled into the slot and beat Adam Nagy with a quick wrister. The Islander prospect added a second marker on a breakaway later. Lipon’s hit wasn’t the only controversial play. Teammate Anthony Camara leveled Patrik Luza with a thunderous check that knocked him out. He was taken out on a stretcher. Camara’s big hit was ruled a charging major, giving him the rest of the day off. Handed another two-man advantage, the Slovaks cashed in when Dano’s one-timer eluded Malcolm Subban (Bos). Ironically, Strome was in the box for a trip that gave Slovakia the opportunity.

Trailing 3-1, Canada rallied. Goals from Morgan Rielly and Ty Rattie tied it up. Slovakia also lost discipline, allowing the Canadians to storm back. Rielly scored on a one-timer and Rattie tipped home Xavier Ouellet’s (Det) pass. Ouellet also set up another when his wrist shot from the left point was neatly deflected in by Mark Schiefele (WPG). A very skilled play that proved to be the winner.

Captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edm) and Strome scored in the third, making it five unanswered for Canada. Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau (Fla) in tight and slipped a backhand past Nagy increasing to 5-3. Strome got behind the Slovakian defense for a breakaway, deking and going five-hole for his second of the day.

Canada improved to 2-0 in Group play. Slovakia is 0-1-0-1.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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