It was a hard blow to Team Canada prior to its game against Germany when it was announced that top forward Joe Veleno had been suspended one game for a head-butt during Saturday’s 6-0 loss to Russia.
Fans couldn’t believed that the young top prospect was getting banned for his actions, however, Canada managed to come out on top and could count on Veleno on Tuesday for their match against the Czech Republic.
Prior to the game, Canada’s assistant coach Andre Tourigny mentioned that Veleno was fired up and it was easy to see that was true.
During the first period, Veleno had the best answer to his ridiculous suspension, roofing a beautiful shot up the net on Canada’s first power play of the game and gave his team the 1-0 lead early on.
Check out this beauty:
He is back and the message is clear!
After one period, Canada now leads 4-0 in a game high in intensity. Despite missing Alexis Lafreniere, who remains sidelined with a knee injury, it is great to see this roster back together and ready for the next round.
Veleno collected an assist on the third Canadian goal, which was controversial. It was first denied on the ice, but a lengthy video review finally revealed that the puck had crossed the line, despite a tremendous effort by Czech goalie Lukas Parik. The poor goalie was injured moments later as Canada took a 4-0 lead.