Canada regained its wings scoring four second-period goals on Tuesday en route to a 10-0 victory over Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Two days after a more difficult-than-expected 3-1 victory over Slovakia, Canada saw its efforts pay off somewhat more often against Switzerland.
> The summary of the meeting
Quinton Byfield had two goals and four assists, Jakob Pelletier had two goals and one assist, Dylan Cozens, Connor McMichael and Cole Perfetti each had a goal and an assist, while Kaiden Guhle, Ryan Suzuki and Philip Tomasino also made move the ropes. Jack Quinn had three assists and Devon Levi turned away 15 shots.
Canada took advantage of three of its six digital advantages.
Noah Patenaude yielded 10 times against 52 shots in goal for Switzerland.
Canada, undefeated after three games, is in first place in A with nine points. Finland follows with six points, ahead of Slovakia (four points), Germany (two) and Switzerland (zero).
Defenseman Braden Schneider was back in Canadian squad after serving a one-game suspension for a dangerous hitting. Jordan Spence has given way to him.
Forward Dylan Holloway was also back after missing the game against Slovakia on Sunday with an upper body injury.
Canada will play its final preliminary round game on Thursday against Finland. Switzerland will face Germany on Wednesday.
For the third time in a row, Canada hit the target in the first five minutes of play. This time around, Tomasino hit the mark after 90 seconds of play, with a precise shot from the shield side.
Canada seemed to have started the game on a roll when its pace was shattered by six penalties handed out by the referees in the first twenty.
However, it was on the power play that he widened the lead after 1:40 of play in the second period. Cozens deflected a shot from Perfetti behind Patenaude, then pushed the free puck into the goal.
Pelletier made it 3-0 at 8:03 am, taking advantage of a favorable jump from the board to shoot into an open net.
Suzuki, on the power play, and McMichael then broke the Swiss back by adding two goals before the end of the engagement.
Byfield was invited to the party in the third period. He first deflected a Jamie Drysdale shot behind the goal line on the power play, then took advantage of a Quinn throw-in to beat Patenaude a second time.
Perfetti, Guhle and Pelletier, with their second of the meeting, completed the score.