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McMillan's hat trick leads Canada past Switzerland

Monday, 12.28.2009 / 10:34 PM / 2010 World Junior Championship

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"I thought we played well down low.  We really cycled on their defensemen and created a lot of opportunities from that."
-- Brandon McMillan

Brandon McMillan had a hat trick and Jordan Eberle had a goal and 4 assists to lead Canada to a 6-0 win against Switzerland on Monday at the World Junior Championship, in Saskatoon, Sask.
 
Canada outshot Switzerland, 54-15. Canada goalie Jake Allen registered his second straight shutout, making him the first Canadian goalie to start a WJC with consecutive shutouts.
 
The victory puts ties Canada with the U.S. atop Group A. The teams will meet Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) in a match that should decide which team wins the Group and earns a bye into the semifinals.
 
McMillan started the game by scoring just 23 seconds into the contest. Alex Pietrangelo scored halfway through the period to make it 2-0.
 
"I thought we played well down low," said McMillan. "We really cycled on their defensemen and created a lot of opportunities from that."
 
Canada put the game away in the first 3:42 of the third period. Nazem Kadri scored a power-play goal 1:06 into the second, and Eberle made it 4-0 just 20 seconds later with another power-play goal. McMillan capped the outburst to make it 5-0.
 
"Our power play was good obviously and that's going to be a big key to our game," said Eberle. "When we came out at the start of the second and got three quick ones, it turned the game around."
 
McMillan's goal with 37 seconds left in the third gave the Anaheim Ducks prospect the hat trick.
 
Canada next plays Slovakia on Tuesday (8 p.m., NHLN-US).
 
Benjamin Conz played another strong game for Switzerland, but he's received no offensive support. In consecutive losses to the U.S. and Canada, Switzerland hasn't scored a goal. They have a day off Tuesday, and then have games against Latvia and Slovakia Wednesday and Thursday in a quest to avoid the relegation round.
 
Also yesterday, Igor Bobkov stopped all 46 shots he saw as Russia topped Finland, 2-0, in Regina, Sask.
 
Russia captain Nikita Filatov, who started the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, had a goal and an assist.
 
"It was a hard game," said Bobkov. "Against Austria it wasn't this tough. But I wasn't surprised by how hard Finland came at us. They like to play a fast game."
 
Finland couldn't muster a comeback similar to Sunday, when they rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Czech Republic, 4-3.
 
The win puts Russia atop Group B with Sweden. Those teams will meet Tuesday (6 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).



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