Airdrie's Jake Neighbours, a member of the NHL's St. Louis Blues got in on the scoring in Team Canada's 5 - 2 win over Slovenia this morning (May 14) at the World Men's Hockey Championship in Riga, Latvia.
Neighbours' helper came on Canada's fourth goal in the third period, scored by Jack McBain of the Arizona Coyotes. Another Coyote, Michael Carcone, picked up the other assist on McBain's second of the tournament. He also scored in Canada's tournament-opening 6 - 0 win over Latvia on Friday.
Neighbours split the 2022-2023 season between the Blues and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. In 43 NHL games, Neighbours had 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points while compiling 24 penalty minutes. In 23 AHL games with the T-Birds, he collected 9 goals and picked up 7 assists for 16 points while only drawing one minor penalty.
In today's game, MacKenzie Weegar of the Calgary Flames continued his torrid scoring pace with a goal and two assists. Weegar now has six points in the tournament after a goal and a pair of assists in the opener. Other Canadian goals came off the stick of Carcone, Milan Lucic of Calgary, and Pierre-Olivier Joseph of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jan Drozg gave Slovenia a 1 - 0 lead in the first period then, after Canada scored their five goals, closed out the scoring with his second goal.
Canada outshot Slovenia 51 - 24 with Devon Levi, who played seven games with the Buffalo Sabres this season picking up the win.
Next up for Canada is a game against Slovakia on Monday.
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