In the first round of elimination play, both Colorado Avalanche prospects tallied a goal and an assist to help Team Canada defeat Switzerland 8-2 on Tuesday night at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York.
Cale Makar continued his display of offensive prowess in the quarterfinal matchup, netting a first period goal on a feed from fellow Avs prospect and 2017 draft pick Conor Timmins. Makar received Timmins' pass along the blue line and danced around a Swiss player before sniping a shot into the top shelf of the net for his third tally of the tournament. Timmins scored his first goal of the World Juniors late in the second period that extended Canada's lead to 6-1.
It was the third consecutive game that Makar has scored, and he now has six points (three goals, three assists) in five contests. The UMass freshman is tied for second on Team Canada in goals and points, the latter of which also ties him for second among all blueliners in the tournament.
In addition to his goal and assist, Timmins finished the game second among Canadian blueliners in ice time with 21:50 and had an impressive plus-6 rating. Timmins now has four points (one goal, three assists) in five games and leads the World Junior Championship with a plus-12 rating.
Team Canada collectively sent 60 pucks toward the Swiss net, while holding its opponent to only 15 shots on goal. Canada opened the scoring less than a minute into the first frame and never let up. Drake Batherson finished with two goals, while Brett Howden led all players with four points (goal and three assists) in the high-scoring affair.
The Canadians now advance to the semifinals and will face the Czech Republic on Thursday afternoon. The Czechs are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory on Tuesday against Finland. The winner of Canada-Czech matchup will play for the gold medal against Sweden or the United States on Friday.