Canada needed to score 9 goals (and win the game) to knock Singapore from 2nd place in group D and secure a playoffs ticket. At the end of the first period, the team had already scored 8 times…
After Slovakia’s 18-2 victory over Singapore, it was clear Canada needed a win against Japan – and no fewer than 9 scored goals (goals scored is more important than goal difference in the group stage of this WFC). After 5 minutes played the score was already 4-1 for the Canadians which gave them 55 minutes to score 5 more goals. However, by the end of the first period, the team needed just one more goal as the scoreboard read 8-1!
7 minutes into the second period, the team was relieved to put the 9th goal in the Japanese net and practically securing the tickets for the playoffs. For obvious reasons, the game cooled down a bit. However, this didn’t stop Canda from scoring. Two more goals were scored in the second period, followed by three in the last one. Japan scored the closing game with ten seconds left to play, putting the final score at 2-14.
Latvia or Germany will be Canada’s next opponent, in the playoffs for reaching the quarterfinals. Japan plays against Poland, in the hunt for 13-16th spot.
Goals in time order:
|0 – 1||01.08||9. Cameron Buck||55. Tristan Walsh||CAN M|
|1 – 1||01.16||8. Ichiro Ueda||10. Kaimu Abe||JPN M|
|1 – 2||01.54||10. Justin Laquerre||40. Joel Inouye||CAN M|
|1 – 3||02.15||91. Valtteri Viitakoski||no assistant||CAN M|
|1 – 4||03.19||90. Tyler Brush||40. Joel Inouye||CAN M|
|1 – 5||06.49||19. Adrien Matthews||no assistant||CAN M|
|1 – 6||10.53||88. Brandon Barber||91. Valtteri Viitakoski||CAN M|
|1 – 7||16.44||91. Valtteri Viitakoski||no assistant||CAN M|
|1 – 8||19.53||55. Tristan Walsh||no assistant||CAN M|
|1 – 9||27.27||9. Cameron Buck||19. Adrien Matthews||CAN M|
|1 – 10||31.00||13. Mytchell Brush||40. Joel Inouye||CAN M|
|1 – 11||36.17||81. Bill Petrie||16. Matthew Smith||CAN M|
|1 – 12||50.15||27. Marc Landriault||no assistant||CAN M|
|1 – 13||50.38||81. Bill Petrie||76. Eric Ulli-Vanasse||CAN M|
|1 – 14||56.22||10. Justin Laquerre||28. Matthew Kostuch||CAN M|
|2 – 14||59.50||10. Kaimu Abe||8. Ichiro Ueda||JPN M|