Anthony Mantha’s hat trick lifts Canada past Germany

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Malmo, Sweden (4E Sports) – Anthony Mantha recorded a hat trick to help Canada begin its 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship campaign with a 7-2 victory over Germany Thursday at Malmo Isstadion.

A 2013 first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, Mantha became the first Canada player in two years with a hat trick since Mark Stone against Finland on Dec. 26, 2011.

Sam Reinhart added a goal and an assist while Jonathan Drouin had three assists. Bo Horvat, Josh Anderson and Nicolas Petan also scored while Jake Paterson stopped 22 shots for Canada.

“You always want to win the first game of the tournament,” Anderson said. “Now we’re just looking forward to the next game.”

Dorian Saeftel and Janik Moser scored while Marvin Cupper recorded 23 saves for the Germans.

Germany took the lead 1:35 into the game when Saefetel was credited with a goal as his shot was deflected between Paterson’s pads to make it 1-0.

Canada tied the game at 6:21 when Anderson, a Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick, crashed the net to knock in the rebound.

Mantha made it 2-1 with a power-play goal when he banged in the rebound of a Curtis Lazar shot at 10:41 but Germany tied the game at 15:59 on a power-play goal by Moser.

Mantha scored his second of the game at 17:36 when he controlled the puck behind the Germany net and Horvat made it 4-2 less than a minute later.

Reinhart gave the Canadians a three-goal lead when he shoved a loose puck under Cupper while Mantha capped his hat trick at 11:36 with a power-play goal that made it 6-2.

Petan made it 7-2 in the third off a sensational play by 16-year-old Connor McDavid, the early favorite to be the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

McDavid stole the puck from Germany captain Leon Draisaitl behind the German net and tried for a wraparound that Cupper stopped, but Petan banged in the rebound at 10:13.

Canada next plays Saturday against the Czech Republic, while Germany plays Friday against Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Sabres prospects Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov made their mark as Russia demolished Norway, 11-0, in Group B.

Grigorenko had a goal and two assists, Zadorov and Anton Slepyshev, a 2013 Edmonton Oilers draft pick, also had two goals. Nikita Tryamkin, Vyacheslav Osnovin and Alexander Barabanov each had a goal and an assist for the Russians.

Norway next plays Friday against Finland, while Russia returns Saturday against Switzerland.

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