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Canada blanks Latvia in Olympic tune-up

Mikelis Redlihs, Ben Scrivens
Canada goalie Ben Scrivens protects the net as Latvia's Mikelis Redlihs, left, tries to corral the puck during an exhibition game Sunday in Riga, Latvia (Roman Koksarov/AP Photo via The Canadian Press)

RIGA, Latvia — Ben Scrivens stopped all 27 shots he faced as Canada shut out Latvia 2-0 on Sunday in pre-Olympic action.

Marc-Andre Gragnani and Mat Robinson scored for the Canadians.

Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 21-of-23 shots for Latvia.

“A lot of guys were tired tonight, but it’s one of those things where you have to play through and get some conditioning in and work with your teammates (to) get some cohesiveness between the guys,” Canada forward Derek Roy said.

“I thought it was a great effort all around, and we’re looking forward to moving forward and playing well.”

Canada continues exhibition play prior to the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday against Belarus in Latvia before facing Sweden in Incheon on Feb. 11.

The Canadians open preliminary-round play at the Winter Games on Feb. 15 against Switzerland.

Gragnani opened the scoring 2:13 into the first period when his wrist shot from the point found its way through traffic and into the back of the net.

Robinson added another goal in the second period, going backhand on Merzlikins for a two-goal advantage.

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