Nathan MacKinnon scored once and added an assist, helping Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 4-0 pre-tournament win over Switzerland on Tuesday.
The game was Canada’s lone exhibition contest ahead of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which begins Friday in Minsk, Belarus.
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Matt Read, Ryan Ellis and Kyle Turris had the other goals for Canada, which outshot the Swiss 28-23.
James Reimer and Ben Scrivens split the goaltending duties for Canada; Reimer stopped all 10 shots he faced, while Scrivens turned away 13 of 13.
Read, who arrived in Switzerland earlier Tuesday, opened the scoring just 5:37 in, taking a pretty pass from Jonathan Huberdeau and beating Swiss goaltender Reto Berra on the breakaway.
Ellis doubled the lead late in the opening frame, jamming in his own rebound, and Turris made it a three-goal game just 27 seconds into the second period with Canada enjoying a five-on-three advantage, converting a set-up from MacKinnon.
The 18-year-old would cap the scoring late in the third period, going to the backhand on a breakaway opportunity and sneaking it past Berra for the 4-0 goal.
Canada finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Switzerland was goalless in three chances with the man advantage.
IHLC: With the win, Canada retains the IHLC they first won from Finland in the Quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympics, which they carried through to their Gold Medal win over Sweden. This is part of Canada’s 58th reign with the IHLC, and they enter the 2014 World Championships as IHLC champions, a feat last repeated by Canada in 2012. Canada and Switzerland last met for the IHLC in the group stage of the 2013 World Championships, where the Swiss pulled out a 3-2 shootout win to retain the IHLC en route to their surprising Silver Medal finish.
01:12 – PEN – Burrows, slashing
05:37 – GOAL – Read (Huberdeau)
16:16 – PEN – MacKinnon, roughing
16:16 – PEN – Rüfenacht, roughing
18:15 – GOAL – Ellis
19:13 – PEN – Rüfenacht, slashing
19:26 – PEN – Moser, cross checking
20:27 – PP2 GOAL – Turris (MacKinnon)
44:09 – PEN – Schenn, cross checking
48:48 – PEN – Monahan, high sticking
56:42 – PEN – Gudbrandson, roughing
56:42 – PEN – Weber, roughing
58:03 – GOAL – MacKinnon
W: Reimer (10-10), Scrivens (13-13)
L: Berra (24-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
10+8+10 = 28
7+10+6 = 23
Goaltenders: James Reimer, Ben Scrivens. Defence: Kevin Bieksa (C), Ryan Ellis, Jason Garrison, Erik Gudbrandson, Tyler Myers, Morgan Rielly. Forwards: Troy Brouwer, Alex Burrows, Jason Chimera (A), Cody Hodgson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri, Nathan MacKinnon, Sean Monahan, Matt Read, Mark Scheifele, Brayden Schenn, Kyle Turris (A), Joel Ward.
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Daniel Manzato, Robert Mayer. Defence: Robin Grossmann, Anthony Huguenin, Jeremie Kamerzin, Clarence Kparghai, Dean Kukan, Tim Ramholt, Thomas Rüfenacht, Dominik Schlumpf, Yannick Weber. Forwards: Andres Ambühl (A), Etienne Froidevaux, Denis Hollenstein, Thibaut Monnet, Simon Moser, Inti Pestoni, Benjamin Plüss, Kevin Romy, Tristan Scherwey, Juraj Šimek, Reto Suri.