Edmonton – Philip Tomasino scored a goal and assisted Canada 3-1 against Slovakia at the World Junior Men’s Hockey Championship on Sunday.
Jack Quinn, who had a blank-net goal, and Jordan Spence also scored for Canada (2-0) and played their second game in several days to start the match.
Host Country opened 16-2 on Saturday with a narrower staff than Germany.
Canadian gold medalist Devon Levy made 17 savings for the win on his 19th birthday.
Martin Romeak scored for Slovakia (1-1). QMJHL’s Sherbrook Phoenix goldsmith Samuel Hlawaz stopped 20 shots on loss.
Canada took a break on Monday before facing Switzerland (0-2) in Pool Evil on Tuesday. Earlier on Sunday, Finland (2-0) beat Switzerland 4-1.
The top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals on January 2, followed by the semifinals on January 4 and the medal matches on January 5.
Romeak’s power-play goal in the third 18:36 pulled the Slovakians into a goal, but Quinn sealed the victory with a blank-net.
Tomasino took a long pass from Dylan Cosens and beat Halawaj 2-0 in the third period with a high shot, 16:25.
Canadian defender Braden Schneider suspended a game on Sunday for head-scratching German forward John-Luka Schumacher the previous day.
Spence, who had a healthy scratch on Saturday, entered the line-up and scored in the first shift of the match.
Slovakia’s defense was a much tougher test than Canada’s, which dropped to Canada’s.
The Canadians dominated the buck possession and allowed Slovakia some clean entry into Canada’s territory, but their attack was out of sync with much of the game.
Slovakia killed a pair of Canadian power-play chances and Canada killed a Slovak man-benefit in the second period.
Defender Bowen Byram equalized for Slovak forward Jacob Kolenik in the middle of Canada’s blue line.
Spence scored Canada’s solo goal of the opening period at 4:08.
Australian defender Dawson Mercer recreated from PEI’s Cornwall, knocking Halawaj to the wrist from hash scores.
Canadian winger Dylan Holloway has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a top injury. Captain Kirby Touch did not play in the match due to a wrist injury in the pre-match match.
Gossans, who scored a hat-trick and six points against Germany, wore Captain C on Sunday. Gossans replaces captain with Pyramid.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced on Sunday that there were no new positive tests for the Kovit-19 virus between teams and competitors.
Three German players were released from isolation on Sunday, adding just 14 skaters to the ice squad in its first two games.
In addition to the more positive tests, five more Germans will be released from solitude on Tuesday, with one player in solitary confinement until January 4th.
This report of the Canadian edition was first published on December 27, 2020.