Team Canada expected a loud, boisterous, hockey-loving crowd when they took on hosts Latvia on Thursday at the world hockey championship. They got more than they bargained for.
The Canadians pummelled the Latvians 11-0 for their fourth straight victory, while the 10,000-plus unhappy fans at Arena Riga pelleted the ice with coins, noise makers, hats and even a shoe and cellphone.
Play was stopped for several minutes in the first and third periods as the crowd was upset with the 16 minor penalties American referee Rick Looker called against their country.
Canada took advantage of the power-play opportunities, scoring nine times with the man advantage.
Jason Williams had a goal and three assists to lead Canada.
Kyle Calder added two goals, while Sidney Crosby, Brad Boyes, Patrice Bergeron, Brendan Shanahan, Jeff Carter, Matt Pettinger, Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell also scored.
Goaltender Marc Denis made 26 saves for the shutout and his second win of the tournament.
The game was stopped at 4:50 of the third period after Latvian captain Aleksandrs Semjonovs was called for slashing Crosby, and Latvian fans littered the playing surface with debris.
Latvian forward Janis Sprukts addressed the crowd asking them to stop, while Zambonis cleaned the ice. Play was also stopped with two minutes to go in the first period because of litter on the ice.
After the game, Looker had to be escorted to the dressing room by security guards as fans tossed coins and other items at him.