After dominating in their opening game against Germany, Canada’s World Junior Hockey Championship team kept the ball rolling Friday.
Canada stormed back from an early deficit to beat Slovakia by a score of 6-3, showing the high-octane offence that has the team as a tournament favourite.
The win means Canada improves to 2-0 to start the tournament, after what many considered a poor showing in the exhibition games.
Ryan Strome scored a pair of goals, while Leafs’ draft pick Morgan Rielly had a goal and assist for Canada, who trailed 2-0 after the first period.
Goaltender Malcolm Subban, who hails from the GTA, stopped 25 of 28 shots for his second win of the tournament.
In their first game the Canadians looked faster and more skilled than the German players, beating Germany 9-3 on a solid team effort.
The tournament is taking place in Ufa, Russia, where the Russian, American and Canadian teams are considered tournament favourites.
With players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Scheifele, who would likely be playing in the NHL if it weren’t for the lockout, the Canadian team is considered one of the best in the world.
Historically Canada has done extremely well at the World Juniors, although they have not won the gold since 2009.
Although they have not won gold since they last played in Ottawa, the team has medalled every year since 1998, winning a bronze last year.
Canada’s path to a gold medal this year won’t be easy, however.
The Canadians are in a division with four other countries, including gold-medal contenders Russia and the United States.