WORLD JUNIOR ICE HOCKEY CHAMPS: Canada march on while Sweden hit form
CAROLINA Hurricanes sharpshooter Zach Boychuk scored twice as Canada eased to a 5-1 victory over Germany and maintained their 100 per cent record at a canter.
The 19-year-old centre started and finished his side's scoring either side of strikes from Jamie Benn, Evander Kane and John Taveres, who now tops the competition scoring charts.
David Wolf grabbed a solitary consolation goal for Germany but Canada, who are bidding to secure their fifth consecutive title, cruised to their third straight win of the competition.
The USA face Group A whipping boys Kazahkstan later today with victory ensuring a winner-takes-all clash against Canada with the victors receiving a bye to the semi-finals.
"They gave us shots, but we weren't in any danger for long periods of time," said Canada coach Pat Quinn. "As everyone knows this tournament gets tougher and tougher as you proceed and this was a good test for us tonight."
Meanwhile, Sweden stormed to the top of Group B with a thumping 10-1 win over Latvia thanks to Magnus Svensson Paajarvi who netted twice and set up a further two.
Nicklas Lasu also found the net twice for the Scandinavian outfit as they outshot their Latvian opponents by 61 shots to 11 - maintaining their 100 per cent record from three games.
Sweden will now face Russia, their closest rivals for top spot, in what could be a similar scenario to that of Group A should Russia, who have won two from two, beat Slovakia later today.