Team Canada has remained perfect at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.On Saturday from the Rogers Arena, Canada defeated the Czech Republic 5-1.
Three Canadian players recorded multi-point games. Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds center Morgan Frost of Aurora, Ontario notched one goal and one assist for two points, while Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith of Lloydminster, Alberta and Oshawa Generals centre Jack Studnicka of Tecumseh, Ontario had two assists each. The other three Canadian goal scorers were Drummondville Voltigeurs left winger Maxime Comtois of Longueuil, Quebec, Prince Albert Raiders centre Brett Leason of Calgary, Alberta and Rimouski Oceanic left winger Alexis Lafreniere of St-Eustache, Quebec.
Team Canada is one of two teams undefeated in Group A. The other team is Russia, who has a perfect record of two wins and zero losses. Russia will be playing Switzerland on Sunday and then Canada on Monday to close out pool play.
In Group B meanwhile, it was quite the comeback by the United States on Saturday to salvage a point. The Americans were trailing 4-0 to Sweden early in the third period, when they scored four unanswered goals to force overtime. Two of those goals came in the last 37 seconds. It was a huge night for Ryan Poehling as he had a natural hat trick and one assist in the final period. Sweden however won the game 5-4 in overtime on a goal by Adam Boqvist.