BRATISLAVA – Defending Champions Team Canada started out it’s IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships on a high note, by defeating Croatia by a score of 6-1. What was the opening game of the tournament for all countries, this first match up was just a small dose of what’s to come in the next few days: A fast-paced level of hockey, with plenty of goal scoring and great passing.
It didn’t take long for the Canadians to get on the score sheet. BC Native Thomas Woods scored the opening goal only 31 seconds into the hockey game, and it proved to be just the beginning to an eventful first period, as the Red and White would tally two more goals from Josh Foote and Schael Higson.
In a team effort leading to the win, where 13 of the 14 players on the squad found the score sheet. But also contributing in the goal category to the 6-1 victory were, Shaun Furlong, Mississauga’s Jonah Renouf, and as well as Chris Rauckman scoring the final goal of the hockey game. Hamilton Ontario’s Brett Leggat was solid in net facing 24 shots, while Croatia’s goaltending tandem of Tihomir Filipec and Mate Tomljenovic combined to make 19 saves.
The Canadians will face the rival Americans Monday morning at 8 a.m. EST, a match up in what will likely decide the top seed of Group A.
-Croatia could not stay out of the box, racking up 18 minutes in penalties.
-Croatia will play their second game against the Host country, Slovakia