Canada wins opening game with ease in men's Olympic hockey (HIGHLIGHTS)

Feb 16 2018, 1:02 am

Heading into the first men’s Olympic hockey tournament without NHL participation since 1994, a lot of people are wondering if anyone will care about this edition of Team Canada.

If their opening game is any indication, this is a team that our country can rally around.

A hard-working bunch of Canadian hockey players put forth a great effort against Switzerland on Thursday, defeating their opponent 5-1.

Canada was organized and physical against the Swiss, getting a pair of goals each from forwards Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski. Defenceman Maxim Noreau also added a goal for the Canadians.

The goals

Bourque started things off three minutes into the game, tipping in a shot for his first goal.

Noreau made it 2-0 seven and a half minutes into the opening frame, with a booming one-timer from the point on the power play.

Bourque’s second goal came on a second period power play, doing good work in front of the net.

Wolski’s first goal came less than a minute after the 3-0 goal, and it was of the highlight-reel variety.

Wolski’s second was scored into an empty net.


“I’m not surprised, but to score five goals in the first game is great,” said Wolski. “We don’t expect to do that every single game. Some of the games are going to be closer, and some of the games are going to go our way and we’re going to score.”

Derek Roy had a strong game, with three assists, to lead the team in points.

“Hockey Canada’s done a great job getting us ready, and for us to come out and work hard, it’s a great feeling,” said Roy. “Later in the game we [have to] be a little more poised with the puck. [The Swiss] came at us in the third period and we sat back a little bit. Our power play did a great job, our [penalty-kill) did a pretty good job, and moving forward, discipline will be huge.”

Goaltender Ben Scrivens got the start in net, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

Canada’s next game is on Friday at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET against the Czech Republic.

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