Bedard sets a single-game goalscoring record with 4 as Canada dominates Austria in the Juniors World. CBC Sports

Bedard sets a single-game goalscoring record with 4 as Canada dominates Austria in the Juniors World.  CBC Sports

Canada’s Conor Bedard on Tuesday became the youngest player to score four goals in a singles World Junior Men’s Hockey Championship game in Edmonton.

The 16-year-old from North Vancouver, BC, led Canada to an 11-2 win over Austria in his quadruple, which also tied the tournament’s single-game scoring record.

Mason McTavish scored twice and scored an assist, and Cole Perfetti scored a goal and two assists for the host nation (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 saved 53 in the loss.

Bedard joins Mario Lemieux (1983), Simon Gagne (1999), Brayden Shane (2010), Taylor Radisch (2016) and Maxime Comtois (2018) in the Canadian junior men’s record books for most goals in a single game Have become.

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Bedard sets a single-game goalscoring record with 4 as Canada dominates Austria in the Juniors World. CBC Sports

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Canada’s junior team had no trouble hanging on to Austria 11 to improve the tournament 2–0. 3:23

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.

However, no other 16-year-old has scored four goals in a game. Gretzky scored a hat-trick against Czechoslovakia in 1977.

“It’s certainly nice to hear your name and one of, if not the greatest, of all time,” Bedard said. “It’s a game and I don’t think I’ll get 2,800 points in the NHL. It’s nice to hear my name with them though. It’s good, but we have a long way to go in this tournament.”

COVID issues, lineup changes

Canada plays its second Pool A game against Germany on Wednesday and concludes the preliminary round on New Year’s Eve against the Finns.

It is such that the men’s Under-20 tournament has not been further derailed by the COVID-19 virus. The Canada-Austria matchup was the only game to be played on Tuesday.

Two American players who tested positive had left the US for a Pool B game for Switzerland with the entire team in mandatory quarantine.

The Swiss won 1–0 under International Ice Hockey Federation rules. The IIHF has yet to determine whether the US can play Wednesday’s Pool B game against Sweden in Red Deer, Alta.

The quarterfinals are Sunday followed by the semifinals on January 4 and the medal games in Edmonton on January 5.

“With all the work that’s been done to get here in these tough conditions and get this tournament going, you don’t want to see any team lose a game like America. [did], so hopefully just one more tournament for them to continue,” said Canadian head coach Dave Cameron.

“I think our team has been really hardworking. We’re in a tight bubble. You keep crossing your fingers and preaching the hard work part of it.”

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Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions limit spectators in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., to 50 percent capacity. Rogers Place was far from half its capacity of 9,320 on Tuesday with an attendance of 3,862.

Players outside and in the lineup were Canada’s shuffling lines on Tuesday, with Bedard Coyle and Desnoirs shifting on a line.

Canadian forward Justin Sordiff suffered a one-game suspension for an illegal check in a 6-3 win over Czechia at the start of the tournament on Sunday.

Forward Javier Bourgault also missed Sunday’s third period after suffering a head injury.

“Fingers crossed he can skate tomorrow,” Cameron said.

Canada’s strong game continues behind Beddard

Kamloops Blazers’ Stankoven and Sue Greyhounds defenseman Ryan O’Rourke drew to play their first game of the tournament.

Bedard’s fourth goal was a tip-in of the third period at 2:34. The Canadian scored six unanswered goals before Austria responded late in the second period.

Bedard scored one goal after another in the span of 71 seconds to give his team a 5-0 lead for the first time.

The Regina Pats forward then collected the puck from an offensive-zone draw and hit a wrist shot on Somer at 6:13 of the second period to complete her hat-trick.

He got the second swing on the pinballing puck for a power-play goal and ended the give and go with Rush with Cule in the first period.

With 31 seconds remaining in the second period, a Brochu Gaff led Austria’s first goal when Canadian goaltender Vinzenz Rohrer lost a foot race.

The Ottawa 67 had time to whip the puck cross-ice to Neseni, who had a half-open net as a target.

Austria earned promotion to the 2021 top tier World Junior Men’s Championship by winning the 2020 Division 1 tournament. For the second year in a row, and due to the COVID cancellation of lower-level tournaments, no team will be dropped from this tournament.

“Canada is not the easiest team to play against,” Rohrer said. “When we talk with the coaches in the locker-room, we say we want to focus on our game, not how the relegation is and what team it is.

“We had really good parts of the game where we could really take something from him. We were 1-1 in the second period.”