Dylan Cozens had three goals and three assists as Canada started its quest for a second straight gold medal with a 16-2 win over Germany on Saturday at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton.
Dawson Mercer had two goals and two assists and Peyton Krebs had a hat trick. Alex Newhook, and Philip Tomasino also scored twice.
Action started right away when Cozens hit the crossbar for Canada, and Germany came back the other way and crashed into the net.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Kaiden Guhle opened the scoring when he skated into the zone and fired the puck past Arno Tiefensee.
The Germans responded right away with a great chance for Tim Stützle but Devon Levi came up with a huge save.
Devon Levi with an UNREAL save on #3 overall pick Tim Stutzle! pic.twitter.com/VufjUdWx1q— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 2020
Levi made eight saves on nine shots in the win. Dylan Garand replaced Levi for the third period and made four saves.
After the opening goal, Canada failed to pull away. Germany even got the first power play of the game, but Canada got a break when Tiefensee lost his balance behind the net. Dawson Mercer stole the puck and scored on the wraparound before the German goaltender got back to the net.
Dawson Mercer strips the German goalie to score shorthanded! Canada up 2-0 in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/LA34KPn8uI— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 2020
Shortly after, Germany received a five minute power play when Braden Schneider hit Jan-Luca Schumacher with a high hit to the head. Schneider was given a game misconduct. Schumacher returned to the game.
Braden Schneider is charged with a check to the head. That's a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for the defenseman. pic.twitter.com/lGrUiBOcZ4— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 2020
John Peterka cut the lead to one on the power play when his shot hit off of Bowen Byram’s stick past Levi.
Just 1:08 later Tomasino, who served the penalty for Schneider, came out of the penalty box and restored the two-goal lead. Before the period ended, Peyton Krebs made it a 4-1 game at the buzzer, as the puck was ruled to be in the net with 0.2 seconds remaining.
That final goal would be it for Tiefensee as he was replaced at the first intermission after allowing four goals on 11 shots. He was replaced by Jonas Gahr. Gahr made 21 saves.
Mercer scored his second of the game 2:40 into the middle period firing a shot from the slot to make it 5-1. Ryan Suzuki made it 6-1 when Gahr made a similar mistake when handling the puck behind his own net and turned it over.
Jakob Pelletier, Thomas Harley, and Connor McMichael also scored for Canada. Florian Elias scored Germany’s second goal.
Germany now has a day off before getting reinforcements from quarantine for their game against Slovakia on Monday. Canada plays the Slovaks on Sunday.