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Canada rolls past Switzerland at World Under-18

by Adam Kimelman /

Canada defenseman Joshua Morrissey, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored twice in a six-goal second period as Canada routed Switzerland 10-1 on Monday in Group B play at Shayba Arena on Day 5 of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Laurent Dauphin also had a pair of goals, and Zach Nastasiuk and Morgan Klimchuk each had a goal and two assists as Canada improved to 3-0 at the tournament.

Nastasiuk, No. 33 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 draft, opened the scoring 7:03 into the game, and moments later set up Sam Bennett's goal to make it 2-0.

Canada opened things up in the second, scoring six times on 13 shots. Morrissey, No. 11 on Central Scouting's list -- fourth among defenseman -- made it 3-0 just 1:06 into the second. Klimchuk, No. 24 on Central Scouting's list, made it 4-0 just over five minutes later.

Switzerland's Denis Malgin scored, but Canada kept piling it on, getting goals from Morrissey, Nick Baptiste, Dauphin and Dillon Heatherington in the final 9:09 of the period to lead 8-1 after 40 minutes.

Sam Reinhart, a favorite to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, and Dauphin -- No. 41 on Central Scouting's list -- scored in the third.

Nine players had multi-point games for Canada, including 16-year-old Connor McDavid, Canada's youngest player and a frontrunner to be the top pick of the 2015 draft. He had a pair of assists to give him a tournament-best five, and his seven points ties him with Russia's Vladimir Tkachyov for the tournament scoring lead with seven points.

"It's a dream come true, but statistics are the last thing on my mind," McDavid said. "It's all about the team here."

Canada closes preliminary-round play with a game against fellow unbeaten Sweden, with the top spot in Group B at stake.

"We're all focused on the game with Sweden now," Reinhart, Canada's captain, said. "It is a good team. They play pretty similarly to the United States; actually, they've adopted a more North American style of hockey, and it's exciting for us to compete with them."

In the other Group B game Monday, Dominik Kahun, a 2013 draft prospect who plays for Sudbury in the Ontario Hockey League, had two goals and three assists to lead Germany to a 6-3 win against Slovakia.

Teammate Leon Draisaitl had a goal and four assists, and Parker Tuomie had two goals and an assist.

Slovakia took a 3-2 lead early in the second on a goal by David Soltes, but Tuomie's second goal, with 6:34 left in the second, tied the game. Then with 1:05 left in the period, Draisaitl -- a 2014 draft-eligible forward who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League -- carried the puck into the Slovakia zone and centered a pass to Kahun, who scored on a backhand shot to give Germany a 4-3 lead.

Andreas Eder and Draisaitl scored in the third for the final margin.

"That win was huge for us, we wanted it really bad," Draisaitl said. "The whole team did a great job to get the win and to make sure that we're playing in the quarterfinals."

In Group A games, played at Bolshoy Ice Dome, Russia beat Latvia 10-2 to improve to 3-0, while Finland beat the Czech Republic 4-3.

Pavel Buchnevich, No. 11 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of European skaters, had two goals and an assist for Russia. Nikolai Glukhov, also a 2013 draft prospect, had a goal and four assists.

Latvia, which lost its first three games by a combined score of 21-1, pulled within 3-2 at 39 seconds of the second period on a 5-on-3 goal by Toms Bernhards. Russia responded with three goals in the next 5:37 and led 6-2 after two periods.

"We wanted to make the crowd that cheered so loudly for us happy," Buchnevich said. "We wanted to score as many goals as we could. I don't think that the spectators came to see 3-2 against the Latvian team."

In the other Group A game, Kasperi Kapanen had a hat trick as Finland held on for a 4-3 victory against the Czech Republic.

The Czechs outshot Finland 22-4 in the first period, but Finland made the most of its chances, with Kapanen's goal at 14:24 putting Finland ahead.

Joose Antonen made it 2-0 early in the second, and Kapanen scored twice in 4:41 to compete the hat trick.

The 16-year-old Kapanen is the son of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen.

"I have to credit my teammates because they were the ones finding me with passes," Kapanen said. "Today was the day that the pucks went in and I'm happy for that."

The Czechs rallied in the third, getting on the board on Lubos Rob's shorthanded goal. Jakub Vrana scored with just under two minutes to go to make it a one-goal game, but Finland was able to hold on.

"We had a great second period, but the first and third period was not our game," Finland goalie Juuse Saros, Central Scouting's top-ranked European goalie. "Good win, though."

Finland closes preliminary-round play Tuesday against the United States, with the winner clinching second place in Group A. Russia will look to finish preliminary-round play undefeated when it faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday.


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