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Team Canada opens with a bang

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
After a four-year drought, Vancouver Canucks fans got to watch one of their prospects lace up the skates for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.

Bo Horvat scored once as Canada thumped Germany by a score of 7-2 in the tournament opener on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.

Horvat, the first Canucks draft pick to play for Canada since Cody Hodgson in 2009, banged home a nifty Sam Reinhart pass with 1:30 remaining in the first period to give Canada a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.

Anthony Mantha scored a hat trick, while Josh Anderson, Nic Petan and Sam Reinhart added singles to round out the scoring for the Canadians, who haven’t lost the tournament opening game since dropping a 3-2 decision to Finland back in 1998.

Horvat, the ninth overall pick in last June’s NHL Entry Draft, centred a line with youngster Connor McDavid and potential 2014 top pick, Sam Reinhart. The trio started the game and also played as a unit on the power play.

Canada returns to action on Saturday (8am PST) against Czech Republic.

Bo Notes

-Horvat also played on the penalty kill.

-Unofficially, he went 10-for-16 (63%) in the faceoff circle, including 4-for-5 in the defensive zone.

-The Rodney, Ontario product took a hooking penalty with 6:45 remaining in the middle stanza.

-Horvat finished plus-2 in the game.

-The Horvat, McDavid and Reinhart line had a dominant shift early in the second period that saw the trio generate three or four good scoring chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.

-Horvat previously represented Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka tournament, where he posted four points (2-2-4) in five games.
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