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Keller Notches Hat Trick in USA's Win over Denmark

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller keyed lopsided victory at IIHF World Championship

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes forward Clayton Keller notched a hat trick on Sunday for Team USA to key a 7-2 victory over Denmark in a preliminary-round game at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany. 

Keller, whom Arizona drafted seventh overall in 2016, was named Team USA's Player of the Game. He is the first player to notch a hat trick for a U.S. Men's National Team since Craig Smith did so at this tournament in 2013.

Leading 3-2 early in the second period, the Americans seized control of the game by scoring four unanswered goals.

"It was a good game," Keller told usahockey.com. "I think we had a good start. We slowed down a little bit in the second (period), but we got back to it and we got some pucks to the net and were able to put a few behind the net, so it was good."

Keller played just 12:23, but he scored a goal in each period.

First, Keller beat Team Denmark goalie Mads Christensen with a shot from the bottom of the right circle at 13:06 of first period. Keller scored his second goal by skating down the right wing and across the crease, and then sliding the puck past Christensen at 14:33 of the second period. Keller completed his hat trick with seven minutes left in the game when his pass deflected off a defender's skate and into Denmark's net.

WATCH: Keller Q&A

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy, who is Team USA's captain, played 21:57 and took one shot on goal. Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 14:50 and took one shot on goal.

Team USA's next game is Monday vs. Sweden at 11:15 a.m. Arizona time. The game can be seen on NHL Network.

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