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WJC Roundup: Canada Wins Only Game of Day, USA Forfeits Against Switzerland

An explosive effort by Connor Bedard was the highlight of the lone game of the day as Canada cruised to an 11-2 win over Austria.
2022 IIHF WJC

Canada Destroys Austria

It was as predictable of a result as you can get, as Canada easily soared to a 11-2 victory over Austria in Edmonton in the only game of the day.

Connor Bedard was the highlight of the night, scoring two goals a minute apart in the opening period and one in each of the next two periods to become the second U-16 player to score a hat-trick in this tournament behind Wayne Gretzky.

Aside from Bedard's output, Kent Johnson scored the game's opening goal on the power play at 5:08 off of a Cole Perfetti feed. Less than a minute later, Lukas Cormier made it 2-0, with Logan Stankoven scoring at 8:22 on his first shot of the tournament.

The second period saw a 1-1 tie with goals coming from Bedard for Canada and Austria's Lukas Necesany. But the third period was where everything fell apart. Just 27 seconds in, Cole Perfetti got his first of the game, before Bedard grabbed his fourth on a Will Cuylle pass two minutes later. Mason McTavish then scored a pair before Mavrik Bourque got Canada's 11th of the game. 

Austria wouldn't leave without one more chance to celebrate, with Mathias Bohm scoring a power-play goal at 52:20 to double the team's output from the 2021 tournament in just one game.

Canada will have a quick turnaround before meeting up with Germany on Wednesday, while Austria will get the day off before facing Czechia on Dec. 30.

USA Forfeits Game Against Switzerland

Team USA was forced to forfeit its Tuesday afternoon game against Switzerland in Red Deer due to reported positive COVID-19 tests. 

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, USA's players will be required to produce two negative tests in a 24-hour period in order to play Wednesday's game against Sweden. A decision on the game's status will be made early Wednesday.

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News & Notes

- Canada's Justin Sourdif was suspended one game for head contact against Czechia on Dec. 26. He will be eligible to return for Canada's next game against Germany on Wednesday.

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Three Stars

1. Connor Bedard, F (CAN): Well, duh. 

2. Elliot Desnoyers, F (CAN): A solid game from Desnoyers with two assists and a few decent defensive plays. 

3. Leon Sommer, G (AUT): Hard to give much love to a guy who allowed 11 goals, but he faced over 60 shots and stopped 53 of them. Definitely the biggest game of his career.

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Dec. 29 Schedule

Czechia vs. Finland - 2:00 PM ET
Russia vs. Slovakia - 4:30 PM ET
Germany vs. Canada - 7:00 PM ET
USA vs. Sweden - 9:30 PM ET

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