Saturday is day five of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Day 5 Games
United States 7, Austria 0 — Wyatt Kaiser and Carter Mazur each scored two goals for the United States, which remained undefeated in Group B.
Andrew Oke made 11 saves in two periods and Remington Keopple made four saves in the third period for the United States (3-0-0-0).
Leon Sommer made 49 saves for Austria (0-0-0-3).
“I liked our start, we knew we had to start well,” USA coach Nate Leaman said. “I threw three lines to start the game to get on the scoresheet hopefully early, and Logan Cooley’s line did it for us.”
Kaiser, a defensive prospect for the Chicago Blackhawks, scored on the first shot of the game 54 seconds into the first period to give the United States a 1-0 lead. His wrist shot through traffic and past Sommer.
Matt Coronato (Calgary Flames) made it 2-0 at 2:32. He took a pass from Cooley (Arizona Coyotes) up front, ran across the box and waited for Sommer before lifting the puck into the net.
“I liked how we got to the net, we were attacking the net and the first five minutes went pretty fast,” Kaiser said. “We were shipping records to the network and keeping it simple.”
Kaiser’s second goal gave the United States a 3-0 lead at 11:40 when he sent a shot into the top corner.
Redmond Savage (Detroit Red Wings) made it 4-0 at 18:26. He received a long pass from defenseman Ian Moore (Anaheim Ducks) and scored high on Sommer. Play continued when officials ruled the puck hit the crossbar, but a later review determined he had crossed the goal line.
“I listened to it and it didn’t sound like the crossbar, and sometimes you can tell the difference between the crossbar and the rear bar,” Savage said. “But I didn’t see him come in, so I put my head down and kept playing.”
Mazur (Red Wings) made it 5-0 at 7:01 of the second period with a shot from the slot. He scored again 57 seconds later on the power play for a 6-0 lead at 7:58.
“Starting the game was pretty tough and giving up those two quick goals,” Sommer said. “I actually like those kind of games where you get a lot of shots. Mentally it felt good so I was able to keep going and I thought we played good after that.”
Dominic James (Blackhawks) had a goal disallowed for the United States at 18:40 of the second period after Austria ruled for offside.
Sasha Pastukhov (Ducks) scored with 40 seconds left in the third period for the final 7-0.
“When you play a big team like this after a game in a row, it’s always quite difficult,” Austria captain Leon Wallner said. “We didn’t start well, but I thought we came back and upped our game and I thought we had a pretty good fight against them.”
The United States will play Sweden on Sunday. Austria plays Switzerland on Monday.
On Tap for day 5
All games on the NHL Network in the US; TSN and RDS in Canada
Canada vs. Czechia (6 p.m. ET) — Forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads the tournament with eight points (four goals, four assists) from two games, including a Canada-record four-goal draw against Slovakia on Thursday. Coach Dave Cameron said the most impressive thing about McTavish, the Canada captain, is his attitude. “He’s an NHL player,” Cameron said. “He had every reason in the world not to come to this just at the moment, and he’s totally committed.” Canada (2-0-0-0) should also have forward Ridley Greig (Ottawa Senators) in the lineup after he missed the third period against Slovakia for precautionary reasons, according to Cameron. Czechia (1-0-1-0) could use another big game from striker Jan Mysak (Montreal Canadiens), who has four points (three goals, one assist) from two games.
Germany vs. Switzerland (10 p.m. ET) — Germany (1-0-0-1) will be looking for its second win in a row after a 4-2 victory against Austria on Wednesday. Forwards Alexander Blank (eligible for the 2023 Draft), who had a natural hat-trick in the second period against Austria, and forward Joshua Samanski have been Germany’s best players. Switzerland (0-0-0-2) will look to bounce back after a 7-1 loss to the United States on Thursday. He hopes to be able to play more like he did on Wednesday, when he scored two goals in the third period to scare Sweden in a 3-2 loss.
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