Canada (3-0) took down Israel (1-3) in a lopsided victory on Sunday evening. Israel is now finished with pool play while Canada still has one game left against the Iroquois Nationals on Monday night.
While this one may have been a blowout, things were closer early on than expected due to the play of goalie Zach Higgins and the Israel defense in general. Higgings, who only played the first half, faced 20 shots in the first quarter alone and only allowed three to get past him.
However, Christian Del-Bianco and the Canada defense brought even more intensity as they kept Israel’s time of possessions to a minimum all game long and really gave them trouble in transition as Israel had difficulty setting up their offense at times.
With a 3-0 lead heading into the second, Canada started to pull away quickly with Ben McIntosh, Dhane Smith, and Eli McLaughlin scoring three straight. All three goals came nearly a minute apart. Canada’s run lasted until the end of the second when Jean-Luc Chetner got Israel on the board with just 49 seconds of the clock.
Canada held a 9-1 lead at half and, again, quickly expanded that with a three-goal run to start the third. Shayne Jackson, Ben McIntosh, and Curtis Dickson all found the back of the net during that run. Bryan Hopper got Israel their second goal of the game on a power-play goal with 9:26 in the third.
A three-goal run at the end of the third put Canada up 15-2 before Daniel Applebaum scored for Israel in the final minutes of the third, making it a 15-3 Canada lead entering the fourth quarter.
With the running clock rule in effect, Israel saw their last two goals come early in the fourth as Jean-Luc Chetner and Zachary Pall found the back of the net. Shayne Jackson and Robert Church scored the final two goal for Canada, securing the 17-5 victory.