Game Report 2233 IIHF World Junior Championship
PLAYED AT: Rogers Arena
Date: Dec 26, 2018
GAME NOTES: CANADA CRUISES PAST DANES IN WJC OPENER JASON LA ROSE VANCOUVER, B.C. – Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) tied an all-time record with four goals and Morgan Frost (Aurora, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) added a hat trick and two assists, leading Canada’s National Junior Team to a 14-0 win over Denmark in the opening Group A game for both Wednesday at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Comtois, the lone returnee from the team that won gold a year ago in Buffalo, is the fifth Canadian to score four times in a single game at the World Juniors, joining Taylor Raddysh (2016), Brayden Schenn (2010), Simon Gagné (1999) and Mario Lemieux (1983). “That’s why he’s the captain of the team,” Canadian coach Tim Hunter said. “He led in all aspects of the game tonight; around the puck, playing physical, getting pucks out, and then obviously the four goals.” In total, 18 of the 20 Canadian skaters recorded at least a point. In addition to the big games from Comtois and Frost, Brett Leason (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) had two goals and two assists, Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) recorded four assists and Owen Tippett (Peterborough, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) scored twice. Michael DiPietro (Amherstburg, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) turned away 14 shots – including a third-period penalty shot – to post the shutout. The scoring started early; Frost found himself all alone in front of Danish goaltender Mads Søgaard and tucked a backhand five-hole just 4:52 in. Tippett was the recipient of a gorgeous feed from Frost for the 2-0 goal at 8:32, and Frost added his second goal in the final minute to send Canada to the dressing room up three. After Comtois jumped on his own rebound just 45 seconds into the second period, Frost finished a two-on-one with Nick Suzuki (London, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) to complete his hat trick and make it 5-0. “I think I’m definitely a playmaker, but it’s nice to put the puck in the net once in a while,” said Frost, who has never scored a hat trick in his 231-game OHL career. “[There were] some great set-ups by my teammates, and fortunately they went in.” A power-play goal from Jack Studnicka (Tecumseh, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), a rocket from Tippett and an unassisted effort from Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta./Spokane, WHL) rounded out the scoring in the second period and made it an 8-0 game after 40 minutes. Comtois was the story in the third; he finished a pretty passing play on a delayed Danish penalty at 2:52, and followed up his own miss to tuck in a wraparound and finish his hat trick at 7:01. It is the first time two Canadians have recorded hat tricks in the same game since Dean Evason and Russ Courtnall potted three apiece in a 12-0 win over Switzerland on Dec. 28, 1983. After Leason struck twice in a span of 3:45, Comtois spun in a the slot and snuck a backhand past Magnus Rorth – who had replaced an injured Søgaard less than five minutes before – for his record-tying fourth of the game. MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) added the final goal with just over three minutes to go, finishing off the sixth-highest scoring game in Canadian WJC history. DiPietro was rarely tested – he made seven saves in the first period and seven the rest of the way – but came up big early in the final frame when he got his right pad on the penalty-shot attempt by Phillip Schultz. Canada is right back to action Thursday at Rogers Arena, taking on Switzerland (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
Visiting Team: Canada
Home Team: Denmark
Pos No.   Name
G DiPietro, Michael
G31  Scott, Ian
  Bouchard, Evan
  Brook, Josh
  McIsaac, Jared
  Mitchell, Ian
  Dobson, Noah
  Glass, Cody
  Veleno, Joe
 11  Anderson-Dolan, Jaret
 14  Comtois, Maxime
 15  Bowers, Shane
 16  Entwistle, MacKenzie
 17  Suzuki, Nick
 18  Phillips, Markus
 20  Leason, Brett
 21  Tippett, Owen
 22  Lafreniere, Alexis
 23  Studnicka, Jack
 24  Smith, Ty
 26  Frost, Morgan
 27  Hayton, Barrett
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st18 2:00 Tripping 12:311 12:31
2nd2:00 Tripping 2:111 2:11
2nd22 2:00 Goaltender Interference 8:361 8:36
Pos No.   Name
G Rorth, Magnus
G30  Soegaard, Mads
G31  Adamsen, Albert
  Koch, Magnus
  Setkov, Malte
  Mortensen, Lasse
  Andersen, Victor
  Mogensen, Jeppe
  Baastrup, Daniel
 10  Brinkman, Jonathan
 13  Kjaer, Oliver
 16  Rondbjerg, Jonas
 17  Andersen, Lucas
 18  Wittendorf, Jakob
 19  Gath, Christoffer
 20  Bach, Lukas
 21  Green, Gustav
 22  Grundtvig, Andreas
 23  Madsen, David
 24  Marcussen, Emil
 25  Schulze, Oscar
 27  Schultz, Phillip
 29  Cubars, Victor
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd13 2:00 Delay of Game 7:051 7:05
2nd17 2:00 Tripping 11:411 11:41
2nd 2:00 Too Many Players 14:491 14:49
2nd2:00 Slashing 19:481 19:48
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st4:52  26-20            
1st8:32  21-26-8            
1st19:18  26-18-2            
2nd:45  14-8-5            
2nd1:50  26-17-1            
2nd7:45 PP 23-8-2            
2nd13:42  21-2            
2nd19:09  11            
3rd2:52  14-24-5            
3rd7:01  14-8-18            
3rd9:02  20-9-15            
3rd12:47  20-26-3            
3rd13:27  14-20-27            
3rd16:47  16-23-4            
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
CANADA 1 / 4
CANADA 6 min / 3 inf
DENMARK 8 min / 4 inf
CANADA 14 G + 24 A = 38 Pts
DENMARK 0 G + A = 0 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN - DiPietro (60:00) (W)75214/0:003rd/20:00
DEN - Soegaard (52:32) (L)1213530/0:003rd/12:32
DEN - Rorth (7:28) 0011/12:323rd/20:00
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This report has been checked and verified against the Official IIHF World Junior Championship Game Report.