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McDavid nets hat trick as Ontario romps Slovakia at U-17

The Canadian Press

12/30/2012 10:58:39 PM

Connor McDavid scored a hat trick as Ontario romped to a 12-0 win over Slovakia at the 2013 under-17 world hockey challenge Sunday.

McDavid's goals were part of a six-goal explosion in the second period for Ontario, which rebounded after losing 6-5 to the United States in their first game Saturday.

Sam Bennett and Robby Fabbri each scored twice for Ontario (1-1), while Dante Salituro, Spencer Watson, Josh Ho-Sang, Jaden Lindo and Brett Hargrave added singles.

Matthew Mancina made 23 saves for the shutout, while at the other end of the ice Maximilian Pajpach and Stanislav Skorvanek combined to stop 39 shots for Slovakia (0-1).

Elsewhere at the tournament it was: Sweden 7, Finland 3; United States 6, Atlantic 3; and Russia 6, West 2.

At Plessisville, Que., Salituro and Bennett each scored to give Ontario a 2-0 lead in the first period.

McDavid's two goals within the first five minutes of the second kicked off the rout, with Watson, Ho-Sang, and Lindo also scoring during the period and McDavid adding his third at 11:47.

Bennett, Hargrave and Fabbri's two goals finished off Slovakia in the third.

Sweden 7, Finland 3

At Drummondville, Que., Felix Sandstrom made 34 saves as Sweden (2-0) scored three goals in the third period to blow past Finland (0-1).

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United States 6, Atlantic 3

At Victoriaville, Que., six different players scored for the U.S. (2-0), who overwhelmed Atlantic (0-2) despite a 40-save performance from Antoine Landry.

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Russia 6, West 2

At Drummondville, Ilya Zinoviev scored twice for Russia (1-1) while West (0-2) remained winless at the tournament.