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WORLDS DAY 2: Kakko registers hat trick; Hischier nets three points

Nico Hischier picks up a goal and two assists as Switzerland routs Italy 9-0

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

For full coverage of the Devils competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at newjerseydevils.com/worlds.

SWITZERLAND 9, ITALY 0

Switzerland: Nico Hischier

It was a three-point outing for Devils forward Nico Hischier, as he made his tournament debut with the Swiss men's national team on Saturday. Hischier and the Swiss took care of business against Italy with a 9-0 shutout. 

Hischier factored in on three of Switzerland's final four goals against Italy, with two assists and his first goal of the tournament. Hischier's goal put Switzerland up 9-0 at the 9:43 of the third period with a beautiful wrist-shot that picked the top right corner of the net beautifully and popped the water bottle in the process. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: 🚨 🇨 #SUIITA #IIHFWorlds The young Nico Hischier picks up @SwissIceHockey 's 9th goal of the game! @NJDevils pic.twitter.com/1EbU3olbdN

Hischier also added assists on Switzerland's sixth and seventh goals against Italy.

The 20-year-old now leads all New Jersey Devils at the World Championship with his three points. 

Next: Switzerland are back on the ice on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. EDT against Latvia. 

FINLAND 4, SLOVAKIA 2

Slovakia: Marian Studenic
Finland: Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko is the youngest player on the Finnish roster at the World Championship, but he certainly isn't playing like one.

Kakko, fresh off a two-goal appearance in Finland's opening game against Canada, one-upped himself in his second game at the 2019 Worlds.

The 18-year-old completed the hat trick with the empty netter for Finland against Slovakia in a 4-2 victory. 

Kakko scored the 2-2 equalizer, the 3-2 game winner and the empty-netter as the Finns remain undefeated through two games. 

Watch: FIN-SVK highlights

In the opening two games, Finland coaches have trusted Kakko and put him on the ice in the dying moments of the game to protect a one-goal lead. 

Devils prospect Marian Studenic who is on Slovakia's roster, had an assist on Slovakia's second goal, that tied the two teams at two at the 9:20 mark of the second period. Studenic has two assists through two games. 

Next: Finland return to the ice on Monday, May 13th, against the United States at 10:15 a.m. EDT. It's a marquee matchup between the two players projected to go 1-2 at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft with Kakko and USA's Jack Hughes going head-to-head.

Slovakia also returns to the ice on Monday, they face Team Canada at 2:15 p.m. EDT. 

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