Canada scores 16 goals in World Juniors blowout over Germany

Dec 27 2020, 1:52 am

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Even with a full team, Germany has never beaten Canada at the World Juniors. With the Germans forced to play with only 14 skaters against Canada on Saturday due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team, they were facing a near impossible task.

Canada had 10 different players score in a big-time blowout of Germany in their first round robin game, 16-2. It was two goals away from matching Canada’s largest margin of victory ever at the World Juniors.

With that being said, the undermanned German squad did put up a fight against a pretty good Team Finland squad in their first round robin game on Friday. Led by third-overall pick Tim Stutzle, they only lost 5-3.

But you had to wonder how much gas would be left in the tank for such a shorthanded club playing on back-to-back nights. Playing against a team as talented as Canada, it felt like this had a chance to get ugly.

It didn’t take long for Canada to take control of the game. Not even two minutes into the game, Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Kaiden Guhle got Canada’s first goal of the round robin, beating Arno Tiefensee short-side.

The fans on Zoom were loving it.

Germany actually got good chance to tie the game on a 2-on-1 shortly after, but Devon Levi, coming off a 23-save in Canada’s exhibition game against Russia, continued his impressive play with a huge save on Stutzle.

Then with Germany on a power play just over seven minutes into the game, Tiefensee turned the puck over to Dawson Mercer behind his net, and Mercer tucked the puck into the open cage to make it 2-0.

Germany then got a chance to get back into the game when Braden Schneider received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a check to the head of Jan-Luca Schumaker.

With 28 seconds remaining on the major penalty, JJ Peterka got Germany on the board with a shot that deflected off Bowen Byram’s stick and in.

Just over a minute later, Philip Tomasino restored Canada’s two-goal lead.

With Canada on a power play in the dying seconds of the frame, a tough period for Tiefensee wrapped up in a tough fashion as he dropped a rebound that Peyton Krebs poked it in just before time expired.

Well, that was the ruling anyway.

Jonas Gahr replaced Tiefensee in net for Germany for the second period, but it didn’t make much difference. Mercer scored his second goal of the game not even three minutes into the middle frame to make it 5-1.

Mercer also added a pair of assists in the second period as Canada just kept pouring it on. Tomasino and Krebs would each notch their second goals of the night, Alex Newhook added a pair of tallies, and Ryan Suzuki and Dylan Cozens would also score for Canada as they took a, uh, commanding 11-1 lead through 40 minutes. The seven-goal frame tied a Team Canada record for most goals in a single period at the World Juniors.

With the game well in hand, Canada gave Levi the rest of the night off and put Dylan Garand in net for his first action of the tournament in the third period.

Cozens added a pair of quick goals to start the third to complete the hat trick. He would go on to earn Canada’s player of the game honours with a six-point performance.

Jakob Pelletier, Thomas Harley and Connor McMichael would also score before the game mercifully came to its conclusion. Germany did get a goal on the power play in the dying seconds from Florian Elias to pull within *checks notes* 14.

It may not have been a completely fair fight, but Canada took care of business the way they were supposed to. They’ll be heavily-favoured again tomorrow against Slovakia and on Tuesday against Switzerland, but they need to make sure they stay sharp and don’t get complacent ahead of their pivotal New Year’s Eve showdown with Finland.

Puck drop is at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT tomorrow.

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