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WJHC: McMillan's hat-trick paces Canada to win over Swiss

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TSN.ca Staff
12/29/2009 1:38:55 AM
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Brandon McMillan scored in the first minute of the game and completed the hat-trick in the final minute of play as Team Canada cruised to a 6-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon.

Jordan Eberle scored a goal and added three assists as Canada improved to 2-0 and grabbed a share of the Group A lead with the United States. Alex Pietrangelo and Nazem Kadri scored the other goals for Canada, which outshot Switzerland by a margin of 54-15.

Jake Allen made 15 saves for the win to become the first Canadian goalie to start the tournament with back-to-back shutouts. Allen has now stopped 25 shots in two starts. Benjamin Conz, who was outstanding in Switzerland's 3-0 loss to the United States yesterday, gave up five goals on the first 20 shots he faced, but still made 48 saves in the defeat.

The Canadian power play was four for eight in today's game and has now scored 10 goals in 16 chances through two games in the tournament.

"I thought we played well down low. We really cycled on their defencemen and created a lot of opportunities from that," said McMillan.

After a 16-0 drubbing of Latvia on Saturday, Team Canada picked where they left off with a goal by McMillan with the game just 23 seconds old. But the Swiss managed to weather the early Canadian storm for the most part, surrendering just a power play marker by Pietrangelo midway through the opening frame.

However, the second period was a different story as Canada scored three goals in the first four minutes and Switzerland struggled to keep up with Team Canada's frenetic pace.

Kadri and Eberle scored 20 seconds apart on the power play and McMillan added his second of the game two minutes later to extend Canada's lead to 5-0.

"Our power play was good obviously and that's going to be a big key to our game," said Eberle. "When we came out at the start of the second and got three quick ones, it turned the game around."

Defenceman Calvin de Haan suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period and did not return for the third period. He will be re-evaluated by the training staff on Tuesday.

Swiss defenceman Luca Sbisa, who was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, was also injured during the game but was deemed okay by the coaching staff. 

In the third period, Canada took their collective foot off the gas pedal and focused on getting Allen his second straight shutout. Despite taking some penalties that will not sit well with head coach Willie Desjardins, the Canadians kept the sheet the clean for Allen.

"I think our defensive game has been great. The reason they're not getting shots is because we're not giving up odd-man rushes," added Eberle.

SCORING SUMMARY
Canada 6, Switzerland 0

First Period
Canada - McMillan (Eberle, Schenn), 0:23
Canada - Pietrangelo (Hall, Eberle) PP, 8:14

Second Period
Canada - Kadri (Ellis, Hamonic) PP, 1:06
Canada - Eberle (Ellis, Kadri) PP, 1:26
Canada - McMillan (Eberle, de Haan), 3:42

Third Period
Canada - McMillan (Cowen, Eberle) PP, 19:23


Goaltenders
Canada - Jake Allen
Switzerland - Benjamin Conz



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