EDMONTON, Alberta — Chicago Blackhawks prospect Wyatt Kaiser and Detroit Red Wings hopeful Carter Mazur each scored twice as the United States shut out victory-less Austria 7-0 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 in group play in the junior world championship.
Team USA had seven players taking two points as they amassed a tournament-high 56 shots at the net in the easy win.
Matt Coronato, Red Savage and Sasha Pastujov also scored for the defending champion Americans. Andrew Oke stopped 11 shots in the first two periods and Remington Keopple made four saves in the third. Both netminders made their debut in Team USA.
“We knew we had to get off to a good start today,” said US coach Nate Leaman. “Our schedule was different today and it was important for us to adapt quickly. I’m happy with how the team started the first period and kept it going.”
Mazur agreed with his coach.
“A quick start is something we really focus on,” he said. “You really want to get to the other team and get the upper hand. I feel like if we do that every game, we’ll be in a good place. And I liked how we stayed with our game. So I feel It will be a very tough challenge to bring that into our next game against Sweden, but I think we are ready.”
The US will complete the Group B game against Sweden on Sunday.
At night, Canada defeated the Czech Republic 5-1 to improve to 3-0 in Group A. Captain Mason McTavish, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, scored twice, Kent Johnson added a lacrosse-style goal and an assist, Greig Ridly and Tyson Foerster scored both and Dylan Garand made 22 saves.
McTavish, the #3 overall pick in the 2021 NHL draw, has six goals and 10 points to lead the tournament in scoring.
Martin Rysavy scored in the defeat for the Czech Republic.
In the late game, Germany played against Switzerland in Group B.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.