Matiss Kivlenieks made 38 saves and host Latvia shocked Canada 2-0 Friday on the opening day of the world males’s hockey championship.
Canada got here into the sport with 11 wins and a tie all-time towards Latvia, together with an 11-0 victory in Riga on the 2006 world championship.
This time, nevertheless, Canada could not discover a approach to beat Kivlenieks, who performs for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, regardless of having a large benefit in puck possession.
“Now we have to offer Latvia a variety of credit score,” Canada ahead Brandon Pirri mentioned. “We knew they had been going to play a superb defensive recreation, and their goalie performed very well.
“I believe we generated a variety of possibilities, however that is first time on the bigger ice for a few of our guys and that may actually make a distinction.”
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Latvia opened the scoring on an influence play with 1.5 seconds left within the first interval when Miks Indrasis beat Canadian goaltender Darcy Kuemper between the pads.
Kuemper made 15 saves for Canada, which has now misplaced its final three opening video games on the world championship.
“This was our first recreation we now have performed collectively as a bunch. We had no exhibition video games, and I assumed we performed properly given the circumstances,” Canada coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. “With a bit little bit of luck, we may have gotten a couple of bounces and it might need been a unique recreation, however total we are going to proceed to get higher because the event goes on.”
Canada’s subsequent recreation is Sunday towards the US.
In different scores Friday, it was: Russia 4 Czech Republic 3; Germany 9 Italy 4; and Slovakia 5 Belarus 2.