Canada overtakes Germany in hockey opener

Canada easily beat Germany, 5-1, on Thursday as the teams opened Group A.

Canada and Germany hit the ice for the first time at the 2022 Winter Olympics for their Group A match. Canada wasted no time in proving why they are favorites to go deep in the tournament . Behind a huge success of Eric O’Dell who created space, defender Alexander Grant found the back of the net with a bad wrist, giving Canada a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

Canada’s second goal came on a one-timer shot off the stick. Ben Street passed the gloved hand of Mathias Niederberg. Less than a minute later, the former NHL player Daniel Winnick scored on a nice form of cross pass Adam Cracker. The Canadians scored three goals on six shots. Things calmed down and both teams headed into the break with Canada leading 3-0.

Team Canada made things a little tougher for themselves by committing five straight penalties to finish the first and start the second. Luckily, their penalty kill unit held Germany scoreless.

Later in the period, Germany got on the scoreboard after a poor turnover from Canada in net. germany Tobias Rieder capitalized to bring the Germans down to less than two.

Canada was quick to react. On the power play, Maxime Noreau unloaded a slap shot near the blue line, burying the puck in front of Niederberger before he even had a chance to respond. The score remained 4-1 going into the second intermission.

The third period was pretty quiet. Canada scored another goal midway through the period. Jordan Weal was in the slot and had no trouble lifting the puck to find the back of the net, giving Canada a 5-1 advantage.

Team Canada looked calm and in complete control in their 5-1 win over Germany. The team will receive a boost as announced by the head coach Claude Julien will return to the bench. Originally, Julien did not travel to China due to an injury. Canada’s next game is against Team USA on Friday at 11:10 p.m. ET.

Click on here to see all the stats from Canada’s win over Germany, and click here to watch the full replay of the event from start to finish.

Catherine J. Martinez