Youth World Cup: Connor Bedard's show in Canada's victory over Germany |  RDS

Youth World Cup: Connor Bedard’s show in Canada’s victory over Germany | RDS

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rds.ca – Connor Bedard scored seven points in Canada’s easy 11-2 victory over Germany. Bedard tied a Canadian record with three goals and four assists against the Germans.

Dylan Guenther also scored a hat trick in Canada’s first win at this tournament. Canada notably scored seven goals in 10 chances on the power play.

In his first start in the tournament, Thomas Milic was not under much threat. He finished the game with 14 saves. Olen Zellweger had three assists and Logan Stankoven scored a goal and added two assists in the win for the Canadian team.

Canadian dominance from the start

After being roughed up in the last game against the Czech Republic, it was Canada’s turn to seize an opportunity on the power play early in the game. Dylan Guenther completed a superb game set up by Connor Bedard and Olen Zellweger to put his team ahead.

One of Canada’s biggest problems in their loss to the Czech Republic was the outfit of their starting goalkeeper, Benjamin Gaudreau. In his first start, Milic did not inspire confidence in his head coach, Dennis Williams. He couldn’t control Roman Kechter’s shot and the Germans took the opportunity to tie the game.

Germany, however, shot themselves in the foot moments later with another minor offence. Shane Wright jumped on his own kick in the slot to put the Maple Leafs ahead with his second goal in as many games.

Canada added some before the end of the first period. Connor Bedard came alone in front of goalkeeper Simon Wolf and did not miss that opportunity. Habs prospect Joshua Roy also got a net assist from his new linemate.

The second period was just 62 seconds old when Canada added a fourth goal. Wolf was unable to stop the puck, and Bedard pushed the puck into an open cage to score his second of the game.

The indiscipline of the Germans returned to harass them in the second confrontation. Bedard, who else, completed his hat-trick with a powerful wrist strike from the right circle in another Canadian five-man attack.

A bigger penalty that hurts

While the Canadians dominated in all facets of the game late in the second period, the string completely landed in the German camp. Rayan Bettahar took a major penalty for hitting Adam Fantilli on the head, putting the Germans in a very precarious situation.

Canada’s massive attack, which had already scored three goals on four occasions so far this game, was not asking for much. Bedard delivered a superb throw-in without looking at Günther, who scored for the second time of the match. Bedard added a fifth point with that assist.

With Bettahar out for five minutes, Canada’s huge offense can continue to have fun. Brandt Clarke beat Wolf with a fine strike from the wing. The defender made it 7-1 for Canada.

Canada’s power play wants nothing to slow down. Guenther also completed his hat-trick by accepting Bedard’s turn, who brought his tally to six points. Logan Stankoven then joined the party by scoring a seventh Canadian goal on the power play just 32 seconds later. Canada returned to the locker room with a more than comfortable 9-1 lead at 40 minutes.

Germany made a goalkeeper change for the third half. Simon Wolf gave way to Rihards Babulis after allowing nine goals on 39 shots.

Babulis was quickly tested by the devastating Canadian attack. Quiet until then, Zack Ostapchuk allowed Canada to reach ten goals with his first of the tournament.

The Canadian record for seven points in a single game at World Juniors was jointly owned by Dave Andreychuk, Brandon Morrow, Mike Cammalleri and Gabriel Bourque prior to that December 28 game. Now we can add Bedard’s name to these four players.

The young prodigy left the puck to Joshua Roy and the latter beat goalkeeper Babulis, who would certainly like to see this shot again. After this easy victory, Canada will face Austria on Thursday in Halifax. Austria have allowed 20 goals in just two matches so far in the tournament.

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