Two goals in 28 seconds early in the second period opened the floodgates as the United States beat Austria 11-0 on Saturday night at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alberta.
Trevor Zegras made the game 2-0 on a perfect shot from inside the right circle, and added his second of the night later in the period. He also had two assists.
Trevor Zegras is a weapon pic.twitter.com/a9osCnBgJ3— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 27, 2020
John Farinacci made it 3-0 right after the first Zegras goal. Brandon Brisson and Matthew Boldy also scored in the Americans’ six-goal second period. Boldy had two in the second, and added the hat trick goal in the third period. Brisson also added a goal in the third period. Alex Turcotte had three assists.
Brett Berard and Sam Colangelo also scored in the third period.
Senna Peeters had Austria’s best chance of the second period when he hit the post behind Wolf.
Austria was outshot through the first half of the opening period, but Sebastian Wraneschitz stood tall, making sure the game would remain 0-0. He was also helped by several shots that hit off of his posts. It was a physical start, with several big hits from both teams in the opening frame.
After keeping the US at bay for most of the first period, it was a bad break that allowed the Americans to take the lead. The puck slowly hit Wraneschitz’s goal stick, and rolled up and through his body into the net. Drew Helleson was the last player to touch the puck and got credit for the goal.
With just over 4 minutes to go we have our first goal of the game! @Turcotte__71 rolls the puck through to the back of the net at @usahockey up 1-0 over @hockeyaustria #WorldJuniors @LAKings pic.twitter.com/QfJC8Zsvkn— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 27, 2020
Alex Turcotte, who set up Helleson’s goal, had two great chances to extend the lead, but hit the post. Another chance set up a mad scramble in front, but the score remained 1-0 as Wraneschitz just managed to keep the puck out. The USA outshot Austria 22-3 in the first period.
Wraneschitz’s heroic effort ended when he left the game with 10:48 remaining in the third period with a lower-body injury. He made 59 saves. He was replaced by Jakob Brandner.
Dustin Wolf got the start for the Americans after coming in relief of Spencer Knight on Friday night. He wasn’t really tested, making 10 saves in the win. It was Austria’s first game in the top division of the World Juniors since the 2010 tournament.
The United States now has two days off before facing the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Austria’s next game is against Sweden on Monday.