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SportsCanada drops World Championship opener to Finland

20:02  10 may  2019
20:02  10 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Canada looks to defend para-hockey title at world championship in Czech Republic

Canada looks to defend para-hockey title at world championship in Czech Republic Canada forward Dominic Cozzolino keeps his 2018 Paralympic silver medal tucked away in his bedroom. Thoughts of last year's crushing loss to the United States come flooding back every time he sees it. "I bring it out every now and again just to remember what that feeling was like," Cozzolino said. "Honestly I use it as a big motivational tool now. When I look at it, it brings back those feelings of the Americans scoring in overtime. I don't want to let that happen again." The Beijing Paralympics are still three years away but the next best thing begins Saturday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Canada drops World Championship opener to Finland © PressFocus/MB Media / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Canada lost its tournament opener at the 2019 World Championship in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Finland on Friday.

Finland got on the board first with a sensational breakaway goal by blue-chip 2019 draft prospect Kaapo Kakko in the opening period. Canada responded shortly after on the power play with a goal orchestrated by three Vegas Golden Knights, as Shea Theodore and Mark Stone set up Jonathan Marchessault's marker.

After a scoreless middle frame, Finland took the lead early in the third on a power-play goal by Arttu Ilomaki, who had 45 points in 60 games for Lukko in the Finnish pro league this season.

Kakko added his second of the game on an empty netter in the final minute.

Canada returns to action Sunday versus Great Britain, while Finland takes on host Slovakia on Saturday.

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Damon Severson had a funny feeling he'd score in Canada's quarterfinal against Switzerland at the world hockey championship. "(Thursday) morning, I woke up and I just thought 'I feel like I'm going to score tonight. I hope I can just get one,'" said the 24-year-old from Melville, Sask. "I didn't think it was going to be like that, but luckily enough, I was able to get the tying goal." The New Jersey Devils defenceman's blast from the point trickled through Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni with just 0.4 seconds left in the third period, pulling Canada into a 2-2 tie to force overtime.

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