With an average age of 18 years 10 months and 25 days, Team Canada has their second youngest team in tournament history. That didn’t stop them from beating Germany in their opening matchup.
Germany got on the scoreboard first just 1:34 into the game with a goal from Dorian Saeftel. Canada’s Josh Anderson would answer five minutes later with a goal off assists from Frederik Gauthier and the Wild’s Mathew Dumba. A few minutes later, Canada’s Anthony Mantha would score his first of three goals in the game, giving the Canadians a 2-1 edge just over halfway through the first period. With just over four minutes left in the period, Germany’s Janik Moser would even the game at 2-2, but Mantha’s second of the game and Bo Horvat’s first of the tournament less than a minute later would give Canada a commanding 4-2 lead heading into the first intermission.
It was all Canada from there as top 2014 draft eligible prospect Sam Reinhart got on the board and Mantha capped his hat-trick just past the halfway point of the game. Nic Petan would put the icing on the cake with a third period goal give Canada a dominating 7-2 win. In goal, Jake Patterson stopped 22 of 24 shots faced for a .917 save percentage.
Minnesota’s top pick Gustav Olofsson and Sweden have just dropped the puck against Switzerland. Gone Puck Wild will keep you updated as the tournament develops.