It didn’t take long for Canada to get the upper hand against Latvia in a May 11 qualifying round contest during the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championship in Rīga.
The hometown team will now have a day off to lick its wounds after being mercilessly shut out by Canada, 11-0, according to a game summary posted on the official championship Web site, www.ihwc.net.
Canada’s Jason Williams, assisted by Brad Stuart, scored 5 minutes 41 seconds into the first period. A little more than three minutes later, Williams helped teammate Sidney Crosby up the score to 2-0. And at 14:41, Williams assisted Brad Boyes in adding another goal to make it 3-0. All three points came during power plays.
It was a rough period for Latvia goalkeeper Sergejs Naumovs, enough so that he was pulled with less than five minutes to go and replaced by Mārtiņš Raitums.
The switch didn’t help. At 17:43, on yet another power play, Canada made it 4-0 off the stick of Patrice Bergeron, assisted by Boyes and Crosby.
The second period was kinder to Latvia. Canada scored just once, at 5:58, when Brendan Shanahan teamed up with Williams and Mike Cammalleri on a power play.
Even with a score of 5-0, Canada was not about to stop and inflicted more pain on the hometown team during the third period. Just 24 seconds into the period Jeff Carter made it 6-0 with the assistance of Kyle Calder and Nick Schultz. Not even a minute later, with Latvia down by two players, Matt Pettinger, aided by Trevor Daley and Glen Metropolit, scored the seventh goal.
At 2:24 into the third period, Canada’s Mike Richards made it 8-0 with help from Stuart and Jeff Carter. At 5:59, Calder scored on a power play, putting his team ahead 9-0, and a half minute later returned, with help from Richards and Dan Hamhuis, to make it 10-0. At 10:17, Scott Hartnell took advantage of a power play and, with an assist from Metropolit, scored the last goal of the game.
Canada—heavily favored to win the championship—got off 40 shots on goal, while Latvia managed a respectable 27 against Canadian goalkeeper Marc Denis. Latvian players spent a total of 32 minutes in the penalty box, compared to 16 for the Canadians.
The game was delayed twice, according to a report on the Apollo portal, when Latvians fans unhappy with a referee’s call tossed various items onto the ice.
Latvia goes up against the United States on May 13 and faces Norway on May 16.
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