[Photo Credit: The Canadian Press]
Canada opened up their Ufa adventure with a 9 – 3 win over Germany to open their World Junior Tournament.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stoked the offensive fire with a five point game, while Jonathan Huberdeau chipped in with three points of his own.
The Canadians overcame some sloppy play and a parade of penalties to overpower the underdog Germans, getting off to a winning start.
Xavier Ouellette opened the scoring for Canada, putting a power-play goal past the Germany goalie just three minutes into the game and Nugent-Hopkins doubled the lead moments later.
Germany would cut the lead to 2 – 1 with 31 seconds left in the first, Tobias Rieder clawing one back on the power-play.
The second period was all Canada, Mark Sheifele scored twice, with Jonathan Hubedeau, Ty Rattie and Ryan Strome all adding goals to answer a pair of German goals and lead 7 – 3 heading to the third period.
Icing it in the third period, Halifax Mooseheads star Jonathan Drouin added a highlight reel goal and Tyler Wotherspoon scored rare goal to set a final 9 – 3 scoreline.
Captain Nugent-Hopkins was named Player of the Game.
Jonathan Drouin [1 Goal, 1 Assist, + 2] – Drouin impressed on his 1 goal, 1 assist performance. His assist coming from behind the net on a typical set-up, finding Ryan Strome alone in front, but his goal was the icing on the cake. He picked up a Scott Harrington slap-pass and dangled past a helpless German Goalie, showing his tremendous skill.
Nathan MacKinnon [1 Assist, + 1] – MacKinnon added an assist, but with much less ice-time his best moments came on the forecheck, as he added energy on a line with Anthony Camara and Ty Rattie.
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