Canada cruises to 5-1 win over USA in men’s ice hockey

Canada bounced back from losing its opening match to record a convincing 5-1 win over the USA on Sunday in the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Ice Hockey competition.

"I thought we performed great from start to finish," Canada captain Joseph Hicketts said. "Almost a perfect performance for us."

Eric Cornel (CAN) opened the scoring with a shot that breezed past goalkeeper Edwin Minney (USA) with just under four minutes left in the first period.

The Canadians took a two-goal through Ryan Gropp (CAN) early in the second period but the margin was sliced in half shortly after when Blake Clarke (USA) put his side on the scoreboard at 2:39.

The Canadians sealed the victory with three unanswered goals, including Gropp’s second of the night.

"Keeping the puck wide was the key today," Joseph said. "We've got to clog the middle (of the ice), which we did fairly well today."

The Canadians lost 4-3 to Russia on Friday and Joseph is desperate to get another shot at their longtime rival.

"You always want to beat the US because we're neighbour countries in North America and I hope we get another chance at the Russians," Joseph said. "I think we have some payback for them."