Wednesday, September 14 2022

EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Captain Mason McTavish had four goals and two assists as Canada defeated Slovakia 11-1 Thursday night to improve to 2-0 at the world junior hockey championship.

McTavish, the 19-year-old Anaheim Ducks prospect, tied the Canadian record for goals in a tournament game. Other players who have accomplished the feat include Mario Lemieux (1984), Brayden Schenn (2011) and Maxime Comtois (2019).

“It’s pretty cool, that’s for sure. A special moment,” McTavish said. “Obviously, thanks to my teammates. They were looking for me the whole game, it was like.

Brennan Othmann, Joshua Roy, Connor Bedard, Will Cuylle, Logan Stankoven, Olen Zellweger and Zack Ostapchuk also scored. Dylan Garand made 22 saves.

“We’re a long way from our first line to our fourth line,” Othmann said. “It doesn’t matter who is or isn’t, everyone contributes in some way.”

Matej Kaslik scored for Slovakia (0-2).

Canada opened Group A on Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over Latvia.

The United States took on Switzerland in Pool B late in the game.

Earlier in Group A, Kasper Simontaival scored the winner in a shootout in Finland’s 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic. Finland is 2-0 and the Czech Republic 1-1.

Roby Jarventie, Kasper Puutio and Aatu Raty scored for Finland in regulation time. Jaroslav Chmelar, Jiri Kulich and Jan Mysak scored for the Czech Republic.

Canada will face the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The tournament was postponed to August after being called off on December 29 after four days as rising COVID-19 cases forced matches to be cancelled.


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