Canada recovers from Austria scare and defeats Norway, retaining first place in Group A

Dylan Cozens scored shorthanded for his third goal of the tournament as defending champion Canada remained undefeated at the World Hockey Championship with a 4-1 victory over Norway on Thursday.

After allowing five goals in the third period in a 7-6 overtime victory over Austria on Tuesday, Canada gave up little chance against the Norwegians.

Brandon Tanev, Andrew Mangiapane and Jared McCann also scored for Canada, which outshot Norway 33-6 in a drama-free victory.

“Our response was very good tonight,” said Canada coach André Tourigny. “We were more mature in our decisions and we played very well on both sides of the puck. We played a complete game with a lot of commitment and I’m really proud of the boys.”

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Dylan Cozens’ shorthanded goal seals Canada’s win over Norway

Dylan Cozens scored a shorthanded goal to give Canada a 3-1 lead in its 4-1 victory over Norway in the preliminary round of the world hockey championship in Prague.

Norway didn’t score its first shot on goal until the third period.

“Of course the end of our last game was pretty crazy and we can’t accept giving away five goals. [in the third period]”Cozens said. “To come out and play the way we did and not allow a shot on goal for two periods was a great bounce back for us. “

Nicolas Daws made his first start in goal after Jordan Binnington and Joel Hofer struggled earlier in the tournament. He made five saves and assisted on McCann’s empty-net marker.

Jamie Oleksiak had two assists, while Kaiden Guhle recorded his team-leading fourth assist.

Stian Solberg scored for Norway, while Henrik Haukeland made 29 saves in goal.

The victory allowed Canada to maintain first place in Group A with 11 points from three regulation time victories and one overtime victory. Switzerland also has 11 points in four games, but Canada has a superior goal differential (plus-10 to plus-8).

Canada will next face Finland on Saturday.

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