Nico Hischier and Switzerland are on top of the Group B standings through three games at the IIHF World Championship.
Hischier continued to contribute to his national team with two more points on Tuesday as Switzerland cruised to a 4-0 shutout victory over Austria.
The 20-year-old and veteran of just two NHL seasons, has centered the Swiss top line in all three matchups with a rotating cast of players on his wings. Regardless who Hischier has played with, he has been able to connect with his teammates.
That was no different against Austria as Hischier assisted the opening goal with a beautiful cross-ice pass to teammate Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild) with just 32 seconds left on the clock in the opening period to take the 1-0 lead. The goal would prove to be the game-winner, as well as Hischier's fifth point in seven periods of play.
Switzerland outshot Austria 45-18. Hischier played 19:46 to lead all Swiss forwards.
Through three games, Switzerland has conceded just a single goal to their opponent and sit atop the Group B standings. Russia is just behind Switzerland, who have scored three more goals than the Russian team, while also conceding one less.
Next: Switzerland returns to action Wednesday against Norway in a 10:15 a.m. EDT game.