It might have just been a pre-season game for the World Junior Hockey Championship, but Montreal Canadiens fans can rejoice in the performance of Cole Caufield, who helped the United States defeat Finland 3 in 2, Tuesday, at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
The Habs first-round pick in 2019 scored two goals in 35 seconds at the start of the second period. The second from the small forward was particularly successful, he who rounded the net before lodging the puck in the upper part with a superb backhand shot.
The United States had previously tied the game thanks to Arthur Kaliyev, at the very end of the initial engagement. Juuso Parssinen and Topi Niemela were the goalscorers for the Finns, who directed only 16 shots towards the American cage, against 45 for their opponents.
Finland and the United States start their regular tournament on Friday, against Germany and Russia respectively.
Switzerland is off to a good start
Opposed to Austria in their pre-season game for the World Junior Hockey Championship, Switzerland came away with a 3-2 victory.
Gaétan Jobin was the first to find the back of the net during this 2020 edition of the famous tournament. The Swiss accepted a precise handover from Joel Salzgeber to beat the Austrian goalkeeper with a low shot. Inaki Baragano and Lionel Marchand were the other scorers for Switzerland, respectively in the second and third period.
The first Austrian net was scored in the second period by Mathias Bohm, who also collected an assist on Leon Wallner’s success.
Thibault Fatton was perfect in his 30 minutes in front of the Swiss cage, but his replacement Noah Patenaude, who lines up with the Saint John Sea Dogs, gave up twice on 11 shots.
Switzerland will open the regular tournament on Friday, against Slovakia. Austria will face the United States on Saturday.