Canadians Route Swiss 6-0
Brandon McMillan scored the hat trick, and Jordan Eberle had a goal and 4 assists to lead Canada to a 6 to 0 win over Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon today.
MacMillan scored 23 seconds into the game and it looked like it might be a repeat of the Boxing Day blowout when Canada defeated Latvia 16 to 0. From start to finish the Latvians looked like they had wandered on to the QEW at rush hour. The Swiss however, did offer some resistance. They had a great chance to tie the game when they broke out 2-on-1 while short handed, but forward Mauro Jorg rang a shot off the goal post. The Canadians, in their “Roughrider Green” jerseys, immediately counterattacked and Alex Pietrangelo fired a shot over Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz's glove for a 2 to 0 lead.
In the second period the Swiss defence buckled under a high speed and hard hitting Canadian attack. The Canadians scored 3 goals in 2 minutes and 36 seconds. They added one more near the end of the third period.
An under worked Jake Allen recorded his second shutout in as many games.
Canada's head coach Willie Dejardins told Canadian Press he was not entirely happy with this team's effort.
"While Canada outshot the Swiss 54-15, it was a tougher and certainly more physical test than Latvia. Desjardins wasn't pleased with what he felt was careless play in the first period, even though his team had taken a 2-0 lead, and told his players so.'We were losing a lot of faceoffs early, but in the second we were better,' he said."
Canada faces off against Slovakia in Saskatoon tomorrow.