Canada began its quest for its first World Championship gold medal since 2007 with a 12-1 trouncing of Norway in Qualifying Round action from SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany Friday.
Islanders rookie John Tavares had the hat trick. He scored unassisted in the first period and added 2 goals 3:21 apart in the third. Tavares now leads the tournament with 6 goals.
Norway took a 1-0 lead at 1:35 of the first period when Jonas Holos scored unassisted against Chris Mason. Thrashers rookie Evander Kane scored the equalizer at 13:09 to tie the score after 20 minutes.
From there it was all Canada, which scored 7 unanswered goals in the second period. Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal at 3:51. Marc Giordano, Tavares, Rich Peverley, Steve Downie and Ray Whitney also scored, and Kane added his second of the game.
With a comfortable lead, Chad Johnson replaced Mason before the start of the third period. Jordan Eberle, added to Canada's roster earlier in the week as an injury replacement for Ryan Smyth, made the score 9-1 39 seconds into the third. Matt Duchene also scored in the period.
Eberle, a 19-year-old Oilers prospect who has yet to play an NHL game, finished with 1 goal and 4 assists.
Canada next plays Sunday against Sweden. Recent additions Mason Raymond and Devan Dubnyk are expected to join the squad by then.
In another Qualifying Round game on Friday, Denmark upset Slovakia, 6-0.