Last night in Saskatoon
SCOTT FISHER, QMI AGENCY
SUN THREE STARS
1. Taylor Hall, Canada -- Scored a hat-trick as part of four-point night.
2. Alex Pietrangelo, Canada -- A goal and two helpers for rock-steady defenceman.
3. Ryan Ellis, Canada -- Nearly ripped the net off with powerplay blast.
Penalty kill: B
Canadian forward Luke Adam scored on a wraparound and was strong along the boards all night.
WHY CANADA WON
Facing their toughest test of the tournament thus far, the Canadians were dominant on the forecheck. The Slovaks had no time to create anything.
GOAL OF THE GAME
RW Brandon Kozun took a long stretch pass, but slowed down and waited for his linemates to catch up, then fed the puck cross-ice to Brayden Schenn for a pretty one-timer.
HIT OF THE GAME
It was a tough shift for Slovak captain Jakub Gasparovic, who got run over by Canadian D Alex Pietrangelo, who received a questionable charging penalty. Seconds later, Canadian D Colten Teubert also crushed Gasparovic.
TOMORROW: U.S. vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (TSN, Fan 960).