CANADA 10, SWITZERLAND 0
OHL players took centre stage in Canada’s 10-0 rout of Switzerland on Tuesday, with Sudbury Wolves centreman Quinton Byfield leading the way with two goals and four assists.
Selected second overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2020 NHL Draft, Byfield got the monkey off his back, scoring his first World Juniors goal in his 10th career contest 5:16 into the third period. The Newmarket, Ont. native received Player of the Game honours for Canada in the lopsided win, going 10-for-14 in the faceoff circle while helping his country improve to 3-0.
Oshawa Generals star Philip Tomasino opened the scoring just 1:30 into action, finding the back of the net in a third straight game. Saginaw Spirit teammates Ryan Suzuki and Cole Perfetti would join London Knights sniper Connor McMichael with a goal and an assist each. Ottawa 67’s winger Jack Quinn picked up two assists while Erie Otters pointman Jamie Drysdale had one of his own. In all, OHL players combined for 16 points in the win.
Canada outshot Switzerland 52-15 with Devon Levi locking down the shutout.
Switzerland featured one OHL player in the lineup on Tuesday as Niagara IceDogs defender Giancarlo Chanton patrolled the blue line. The Swiss fall to 0-3 and will try for their first win on Wednesday against Germany (1-2).
Canada is off until New Year’s Eve when they square off with Finland (2-0) at 6:00pm ET.
RUSSIA 7, AUSTRIA 1
Vancouver Canucks first round pick Vasili Podkolzin (2-1–3) and Windsor Spitfires product Egor Afanasyev (1-2–3) each recorded three points to lead Russia past Austria 7-1, helping them rebound from a Sunday loss to the Czech Republic.
Russia outshot Austria 50-18 as Rodion Amirov, Arseni Gritsyuk, Marat Khusnutdinov and Artemi Knyazev (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) all posted a goal and an assist. Blueliner Roman Bychkov collected three assists in front of a 17-save showing from goaltender Artur Akhtyamov.
Senna Peeters (Halifax Mooseheads) scored Austria’s first goal of the tournament 7:38 into the second period. Jakob Brandner made 43 saves in the loss as Austria fell to 0-3.
The Russians improve to 2-1 and face Sweden on Wednesday while Austria looks for its first win on New Year’s Eve against the Czech Republic.
UNITED STATES 7, CZECH REPUBLIC 0
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev lit the lamp as the United States cruised to a 7-0 shutout win over the Czech Republic to start Tuesday’s action.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Trevor Zegras put together a five-point performance with two goals and three assists while Bobby Brink scored twice and captain Cam York collected three assists from the blue line. Cole Caufield and Matthew Boldy rounded-out the American scoring while Spencer Knight stopped all 22 shots he faced.
The United States improves to 2-1 in the tournament and will complete its preliminary schedule against Sweden (2-0) on New Year’s Eve.
The Czech Republic sits at 1-2 and faces Austria at 2:00pm ET on New Year’s Eve.