Team Canada absolutely steamrolled Austria in a 11-2 win on Tuesday night.
Connor Bedard was absolutely phenomenal scoring four goals and tying a single-game record for Canada in the process. Mason McTavish added two of his own while each of Kent Johnson, Lukas Cormier, Logan Stankoven, Cole Perfetti, and Mavrik Bourque got one for Canada.
There was some silver lining for the Austrians as Lucas Necesany and Mathias Bohm got the goals for their side. The goals brought Austria’s total to three in two games which surpassed their total of just one goal in last year’s tournament.
Bedard got the player of the game honours for Team Canada while Vinzenz Rohrer took the honour for Austria.
The Canadians came out on a mission. With their less than ideal start against Czechia fresh in their minds it was clear that Canada did not want a repeat of that game. Austrian goaltender, Leon Sommor stopped a levy of Canadian chances in the first few minutes of the game.
Sommer could only hold out so long. Canada eventually opened the scoring as Cole Perfetti fed a cross-ice feed to Kent Johnson who sent a one-timer over the glove of Sommer. Canada on the board first 1-0.
Wouldn’t take long for Canada to extend that lead. Lukas Cormier found a lane to skate from the blue line down into the slot and sent a shot over the glove hand. 2-0 Canada as they were dominating the pace of play, not allowing Austria to get anything going. The shots were 14-2 less than 10 minutes into the game.
Aaron Vickers on Twitter: “Great line walk. Great release. Great accuracy. Lukas Cormier (#VegasBorn) extends the lead to 2-0. #WorldJuniors https://t.co/ubFIi8dx5I📺: @TSN_Sports pic.twitter.com/ZR1DxezNZh / Twitter”
Great line walk. Great release. Great accuracy. Lukas Cormier (#VegasBorn) extends the lead to 2-0. #WorldJuniors https://t.co/ubFIi8dx5I📺: @TSN_Sports pic.twitter.com/ZR1DxezNZh
Logan Stankoven kept the goals coming for Canada. He sent a wicked wrister from the hash marks that beat Sommer over the blocker. Things were getting ugly quick for Austria as Canada jumped to a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes to go in the opening frame.
Prospective 2023 first overall pick Connor Bedard nearly got the goal of the tournament later in the period but Sommer denied him with a beautiful glove save. That save was short-lived, however, as Bedard deposited a rebound on a powerplay soon after. Canada had a 4-0 lead. Bedard wouldn’t stop there. A 3-on-0 rush for Canada resulted in a few nifty passes that ended with an open-net tap-in for Bedard. We were officially in blowout territory as Austria found themselves chasing a 5-0 deficit.
That would be all the scoring as the shots were heavily favouring the Canadian 25-5 after 20 minutes.
While Austria was unable to completely stop the bleeding they were able to slow it. Canada continued their relentless pressure but Sommer was able to hold them off for the first five minutes. Yet, just like the first, Austria couldn’t do it forever. Bedard completed the hattrick as he danced through the slot and beat Sommer clean. Second straight game a Canadian player picked up a hattrick and Canada led 6-0.
From here on out Austria was in survival mode. Canada continued to pour on the shots, reaching the 40 mark with just over six minutes left, and Sommer was starting to find his groove. The score may have been 6-0 for Canada but Sommer was actually having a pretty good game in the Austrian net all things considered.
Austria actually managed to get on the board. Brochu made a mistake chasing the puck which left him way out of position. This allowed Lucas Necesany to deposit the puck into an open net for a last-minute goal. The period ends with each team getting one which could be seen as a really good period for the Austrians. Canada still held the 6-1 lead going into the third.
TSN on Twitter: “Lukas Necesany gets Austria on the board before the second intermission! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/gugTmFozm2 / Twitter”
Lukas Necesany gets Austria on the board before the second intermission! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/gugTmFozm2
Canada got back to their scoring ways early in the third. Cole Perfetti picked up a turnover right in the slot and picked the top-right corner. Less than a minute in Canada extended their lead to 7-1.
Mathias Bohm had a breakaway chance on the next shift with a breakaway. He tried for the blocker side but Brochu was up to the task and held Austria to one goal. Bedard would make sure Bohm would regret the missed chances as he tipped in a Will Cuylle shot for his fourth of the game. This tied a single-game record for Team Canada. 8-1.
TSN on Twitter: “Make that four goals on the night for Connor Bedard! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/nTuUU9qnPj / Twitter”
Make that four goals on the night for Connor Bedard! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/nTuUU9qnPj
The parade of goals kept coming. This time it was Mason McTavish who let loose a sharp-angle shot that found twine. That’s his second of the tournament and ninth for Canada on the night. 9-1 game. McTavish didn’t wait long to get another as he tapped in a rebound on the very next shift. The ugliness of the first period returned as Canada now had four goals in the period and a 10-1 lead. We still had 14 minutes left to go.
Dallas Stars 2020 first rounder Mavrik Bourque joined in on the fun as he got his first of the tournament with a five-hole shot from the slot. Canada had 55 shots and 11 goals. An absolute demolition as Canada led 11-1.
Bohm gave the Austrians something to cheer about as he was able to sneak the puck around Brochu’s pad to give them two on the night. It was nice to see some smiling faces on the Austrian bench in what must have been a difficult game to finish. We had an 11-2 score with just over six minutes to go.
Canada would get a chance on the PP in the last minute but nothing would go. Canada easily wins this one as they take over first place in Group A.
FINAL SCORE: 11-2 Canada
Canada will be right back in action tomorrow against Germany with a puck-drop set for 5pm. Austria will get the day off and return to the ice on Thursday with a game against Czechia.
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