MANNHEIM, Germany – Junior forward Jordan Eberle looked right at home in a Canadian sweater, registering a goal and three assists during a 12-1 win over Norway at the IIHF World Hocky Championship on Friday.
The 19-year-old provided a spark one day after officially being added to the team's roster. He fit in nicely with linemates Evander Kane and Rich Peverley and finished with a plus-3 rating.
John Tavares led the way offensively with three goals while Kane scored twice. Peverley, Corey Perry, Mark Giordano, Steve Downie, Ray Whitney and Matt Duchene had the other goals for Canada (3-1).
Jonas Holos replied for Norway (2-2).
Canadian GM Mark Messier filled his final roster spots with goaltender Devan Dubnyk and forward Mason Raymond, who will join the team over the weekend.
Eberle was added Thursday and made an immediate impact, something coach Craig MacTavish expected from the star of the last two Canadian world junior teams.
“(I want him to) just do what he's done his whole hockey career,” said MacTavish. “He's filled big moments with offence on a lot of nights. We saw enough from him in the (exhibition) game against Germany that we have confidence that he's going to be able to score here.
“We expect him to be real good.”
The Edmonton Oilers prospect put the puck in the net on one of his first shifts – it was called back because he had stepped into the crease – and saw some early power-play time. He was also on the ice when Kane tied the score 1-1 at 13:09 of the first period.
At that point, there was no hint of the onslaught that was to come.
Canada was coming off a 4-1 loss to Switzerland and looked vulnerable again after Holos gave Norway a 1-0 lead by beating Chris Mason from the top of the circle just 1:35 into the game.
The Canadians, wearing sharp-looking third jerseys, put the game away with seven goals in the second period. The last five of those came over a stretch of three minutes six seconds – breaking the country's previous record of 6:27 set in 1982.
Eberle assisted on the last three of those before scoring his first ever world championship goal at 38 seconds of the third period to make it 9-1. There wasn't much of a goal celebration.
The Norwegians were badly overmatched. Roughly half of plays in the country's domestic league, where players work other jobs or study at university during the season. They were also without top goalie Pal Grotnes, a carpenter who made 44 saves during a surprising 3-2 win over the Czechs, because he was sitting out a one-game suspension for punching an opponent with his blocker.
Backup Ruben Smith was given the start before getting replaced by No. 3 Andre Lysenstoen after allowing Canada's first 10 goals.
The road will get much tougher for the Canadian team moving forward. They finish the round robin with games against Sweden on Sunday and the Czech Republic on Tuesday before travelling to Cologne for the playoff round.