Winter Olympics 2018: Canada vs

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Canada looks to remain unbeaten in Group A action as it faces Czech Republic at Gangneung Hockey Centre as the Olympic men's competition continues Friday night (Saturday afternoon in South Korea). What bettors do know is that the Canadians looked impressive in their opener, routing the Swiss 5-1 behind two-goal efforts from former National Hockey League forwards Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski. He lost his footing, but the puck landed on the blade of the stick Noreau, who has made a shot from the point.

Petr Koukal and Jan Kovar both scored in the shootout, topping Canada's lone goal.

Mason Raymond and Bourque scored first-period goals for Canada, which wraps up preliminary-round play Sunday against South Korea.

Dominik Kubalik (2nd from L) of the Czech Republic celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Canada during the teams' Group A match in the men's hockey tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 17, 2018.

Just as they did in the 5-1 opener against Switzerland, Canada wasted little time getting on the board after Raymond re-directed a nice pass from Linden Vey just 73 seconds in.

The Czechs pulled even at 6:52 after Chris Lee failed to clear a bouncing puck. Kubalik was Johnny-on-the-spot, burying the puck off Scrivens' arm on the short side from in-close. Repik, who played 72 games over four seasons with the NHL's Florida Panthers, intercepted a puck as the Koreans were trying to break out of their zone and charged the goal.

Roy opened up the Czech defence with a nifty rush.




Canada drew first blood on the powerplay early in the first period.

Two saves later, Noreau had to score to keep Canada alive. The Czechs survived a late penalty for too many men on the ice and then, with 65 seconds left, Scrivens used his arm to deflect high a blast by Jiri Sekac. Scrivens stopped a shot by Michal Birner, but Jordan grabbed the back before pushing it into the net.

"I've done that before, I thought it was going in", Noreau said. "I didn't exactly fight my hardest to get out of the way".

Forward Andrew Ebbett limped off midway through the third, favouring his leg after being sandwiched by a pair of Czechs near centre ice.

"Ugh", Robinson said afterwards.

Canada had won the last five meetings with the Czech Republic and eight of the last 10.

Goaltender Justin Peters, defenceman Karl Stollery and forward Quinton Howden did not dress for Canada with defenceman Stefan Elliott and forward Brandon Kozun drawing in.

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