Canada and the U.S. dominated of their second recreation of the match whereas Czechia and Finland went toe-to-toe and wanted a shootout to find out a winner on Day 3 of the World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Canadian crew rebounded from a sluggish efficiency with an 11-1 win over Slovakia, a recreation wherein captain Mason McTavish added his title to the nation’s document books.
In opposition to Switzerland, the US took their recreation to a different gear that their opponent couldn’t match as they cruised to a 7-1 victory to enhance to 2-0 on the match.
Finland dropped an important level as they needed to overcome a 2-0 deficit however had been capable of choose up the shootout win over their rival Czechia.
Here’s a take a look at the highest performances from Day 3 of the world juniors.
third Star: Luke Hughes, USA
Coming from an excellent hockey household, Luke Hughes is making most of his alternative as one of many high defencemen for the U.S.
The youthful brother of Quinn and Jack displayed his mobility and imaginative and prescient in opposition to Switzerland with a three-point effort. He now has 5 factors in his first two video games of the match — greater than both of his brothers ever achieved at this occasion in fewer video games.
Hughes leads all defenceman in scoring thus far within the match and is tied for fourth total.
The 18-year-old performed 21:18 in opposition to the Swiss to guide the U.S. in ice time enjoying on the highest pairing with Brock Faber. His play from this level shall be an important a part of his crew’s success given the creativity he displayed, particularly on Matt Coronato’s aim within the second interval.
He made one other top-notch arrange on Thomas Bordeleau’s power-play aim within the third interval as he delayed sufficient to get the defenders to drag in direction of his aspect of the ice.
2nd Star: Carter Mazur, USA
Coming into the match, Carter Mazur is trying to construct off a powerful season on the College of Denver.
Whereas he was in a scoring stoop in his first NCAA season, the Detroit Crimson Wings prospect made a name to his NHL crew’s assistant director of participant growth, Daniel Cleary. After that, he would go on to complete with 14 targets and 38 factors in 41 video games.
These ideas have now turned Mazur right into a scoring machine as he accounted for 2 of the crew’s seven targets and was additionally named the participant of the sport as the highest line of Mazur, Landon Slaggert, and Thomas Bordeleau had a powerful efficiency in opposition to Switzerland
After a scoreless first interval, Mazur wasn’t going to make any mistake on a point-blank likelihood in entrance of the online with Mackie Samoskevich making an excellent cross from behind the online.
With the Individuals trying so as to add to their lead, Mazur was as soon as once more the beneficiary of an excellent cross from Slaggert as he made no mistake from the entrance of the online.
He added one other help on Slaggert’s aim later within the interval for his third level of the sport. By means of his first two video games on the world juniors, Mazur has 4 factors and is tied for sixth in scoring.
1st Star: Mason McTavish, Canada
On an evening the place Canada dominated from begin to end, Mason McTavish joined some elite firm with an evening he’ll actually keep in mind for a very long time.
The 19-year-old joined Mario Lemieux, Simon Gagné, Brayden Schenn, Taylor Raddysh, Maxime Comtois and teammate Connor Bedard as the one gamers to attain 4 targets in a single world junior recreation for Canada. The match document for targets in a single recreation is held by Sweden’s Ola Rosander who had six again in 1987.
Together with his efficiency in opposition to Slovakia in a dominant win for Canada, McTavish now sits atop the scoring lead with eight factors in two video games after registering six factors on this recreation.
McTavish scored his first aim of the sport on a breakaway — with Canada already main 5-0 halfway via the second — making no mistake to beat Tomas Bolo, who got here into the sport after starter Simon Latkoczy was pulled going into the second interval.
His second aim got here off an excellent play by Joshua Roy who flipped the puck within the air to Brennan Othmann who then arrange McTavish as he completed with a backhander to place Canada up 7-1. McTavish would full the second-period hat trick, a day after Alexander Clean did the identical for Germany, after a selfless cross from Roy on a 2-on-0 break.
Canada would capitalize on a turnover on McTavish’s fourth aim as Othmann set him up alone in entrance of the online and he made no mistake.
There was some doubt about whether or not McTavish would go well with up for Canada after enjoying a good quantity of hockey final season. Making his NHL debut with the Anaheim Geese, the third total choose from the 2021 NHL Draft performed in a complete of 72 video games between the NHL, AHL, OHL, Memorial Cup and the Olympics.
As an alternative, McTavish determined to hitch the crew in Edmonton and tackle the function as captain the place he has excelled centring Canada’s high line with Bedard and and a rotation of Roy and Othmann.
Canada will now stay up for a matchup in opposition to Czechia with an opportunity to enhance to 3-0.