EDMONTON, Alberta ( Associated Press) – Conor Bedard became the youngest player to score four goals in a World Junior Hockey Championship game as Canada registered an 11-2 win over Austria on Tuesday night.
The 16-year-old joins Mario Lemieux (1983), Simon Gagne (1999), Brayden Shane (2010), Taylor Radisch (2016) and Maxime Comtois (2018) to score the most goals in the Canadian junior men’s record book. Play.
Bedard was the seventh 16-year-old named in the national men’s junior team in its 45-year history, joining players such as Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby. Gretzky’s best single-game scoring performance in the World Juniors was a three-goal game against Czechoslovakia in 1977.
Mason McTavish scored twice and Cole Perfetti scored one goal and two assists for Canada (2-0). Kent Johnson, Lucas Cormier, Logan Stankoven and Maverick Bourke also scored for Canada.
Eliot Desnoirs and Will Culle assisted on three Bedard goals. Brett Brochu intercepted 20 of 22 shots to seal his first start of the tournament.
Lukas Nessani and Mathias Bohm scored (0-2) for Austria and starter Leon Sommer made 53 saves.
Canada plays its second Pool A match on the same day against Germany on Wednesday and the preliminary round ends on 31 December against Finland.
The Canada-Austria game was the only game to be played on Tuesday due to COVID-19 issues. Two American players who tested positive forced the US to skip a Pool B game in Switzerland with the entire team in mandatory quarantine.
The Swiss won 1–0 under International Ice Hockey Federation rules. The IIHF is yet to determine whether the US can play Wednesday’s Pool B game against Sweden.
The quarterfinals are Sunday, followed by the semifinals on January 4 and the medal games on January 5.