Mason McTavish and Canada had no mercy for Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Thursday in Edmonton, winning 11-1.
Although the Maple Leaf won its first game of the tournament against Latvia, the 5-2 result was not particularly reassuring for the rest of the tournament. Team Canada erased any doubts they were the roster to beat in Alberta by raining down the net on their Slovak rivals.
McTavish sparkled in victory tying the Canadian record for most goals in a game at the World Juniors, with four. He was also an accomplice to Connor Bedard's second success of the tournament and Will Cuylle's net.
The prospect of Montreal Canadiens Joshua Roy also allowed McTavish to score the hat trick in a two against zero. Roy also found the back of the net late in the game, taking his total to three points in two games.
Slovakia saw their chances of winning fly away in the first period by giving up four goals. Brennan Othmann, employed on the left of McTavish and Bedard in the second half of the duel, tripled the Canadian lead in the first period, followed a few minutes later by Olen Zellweger, on the power play.
Logan Stankoven scored Canada's only other goal on the power play. Zack Ostapchuk has completed the work of demolishing his team.
Only Matej Kaslik deceived the vigilance of Dylan Garand, author of 19 saves. The Slovak took advantage of a loose puck at the mouth of the net to register his third of the competition.
Thanks to this victory, the “Maple Leaf” moves to first place in Group A with six points.
They will get their first real test when they face Czech Republic on Saturday.
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