Huneault earns shutout as Canada kicks off IPC Cup with 3-0 victory over Czechia

OSTRAVA, Czechia — Liam Hickey scored twice as Canada opened the International Para Hockey Cup with a 3-0 win over Czechia on Saturday.

Mathieu Lelievre added an insurance goal and Dominic Cozzolino had two assists. Jean-Francois Huneault made 13 saves for the shutout.

“Our focus thus far has been on playing solid defensive hockey and I thought we did that," said Canadian head coach Russ Herrington. "It was great to see contributions from veterans and new guys alike.

"To me, this is a building block for us and motivates us to have an even better performance tomorrow.”

The Canadians outshot Czechia 25-13.

Canada will play an IPH team (Norway, Germany and Slovakia) on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2022.

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