Ben Bowns faced 51 shots in goal for Britain and surrendered all eight goals in a valiant effort. He gave way to Jackson Whistle, who stopped five mostly harmless shots in the final 9:19 of play.
Carter Hart made 12 routine stops in Canada's net to record the shutout.
Quote of the tournament surely goes to British forward Robert Dowd who noted that, "It’s very cool playing against some of the guys I had on my fantasy team this year."
"Before the game we talked about making sure our work ethic was good, making sure our execution was good," explained coach Alain Vigneault. "We didn’t give them much as far as chances, but you have to work hard, and that’s what we did."
Despite the blowout, this game was a dream come true for Bowns. "That’s a team of 20-plus NHLers there and they’re in the NHL for a reason," he started. "It shows on the ice just how high calibre they are. It’s disappointing to concede that many, but I still enjoyed it. I’ve waited my whole life to play these types of games, so if they’d sat me out, I don’t think I’d have been too happy."
Both teams have huge games coming up. Canada plays hosts Slovakia tomorrow in what will be an electric atmosphere, while the Brits get a day to lick their wounds and prepare for a massive game against the Danes on Tuesday, a game that might well have relegation implications.
Canada was bigger, faster, and stronger, more skilled and the overwhelming favourite. And that’s how the game played out. Their first game since 1994, Britain simply couldn’t match Canada’s skill set, and the Canadians dominated puck possession, shots, and every other aspect of play.
In the end, the win moved Canada to 1-1 in the standings and dropped the Brits to 0-2.
Canada made it 2-0 midway through the period thanks to a sensational rush by Jared McCann. He collected a loose puck in centre ice and flew down the middle, sliding a pass to Anthony Mantha in the slot. Mantha converted the pass nicely.
The favourites made it 3-0 early in the second after defenceman Tim Billingsley blew a tire at his blue line, giving Mantha a clear path down the wing. He saucered a pass to the middle, and Kyle Turris made a nice deke to finish the play.
Dylan Strome added a fourth goal when Bowns mishandled s shot that dribbled behind him.
After that goal Canada stopped trying to score. They played with the puck in the GB end most of the rest of the way, over-passing in the manner of tic-tac-toe-tic, and taking friendly shots on Bowns, not wanting to pile on the score.
They made line changes while in possession, cycled, whipped the puck from points to point and corner to corner—and there was little the Brits could do about it.
All the same, they added a fifth goal with 23 seconds remaining when defenceman Dante Fabbro ripped a shot over Bowns’s shoulder.
Canada tacked on three more in the third before coach Peter Russell called Bowns to the bench to give backup Jackson Whistle about nine minutes of Canadian experience.