Improving to 3-0, Wyatt Kaiser, Team USA Hockey ‘kept it rolling’ with 7-0 victory over winless Austria

EDMONTON, Alta. — Chicago Blackhawks prospect Wyatt Kaiser and Detroit Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur each scored two goals, and the United States shut out the winless Austria 7-0 on Saturday to improve their record. 3-0 as a group in the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Team USA had seven players who scored two points while amassing a tournament-high 56 shots on goal in the easy win.

Matt Coronato, Red Savage and Sasha Pastujov also scored for defending champions USA. Andrew Oke stopped 11 shots in the first two periods and Remington Keopple made four saves in the third. Both goalies were making their debuts for Team USA.

“We knew we had to get off to a good start today,” USA coach Nate Leaman said. “Our schedule was different today, and it was important for us to adjust quickly. I’m happy with the way the team started the first half and held it.

Mazur agreed.

“A quick start is something we really focus on,” he said. “You really want to join the other team and get the upper hand. I feel like if we do that every game we’re going to be in a good position. And I liked how we stayed with our game. So I feel like bringing it into our next game against Sweden will be a very tough challenge, but I think we’re ready for it.”

The United States will complete Sunday’s Group B game against Sweden.

In an evening match, Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 to improve to 3-0 in Pool A. Captain Mason McTavish, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, scored twice; Kent Johnson added a lacrosse-style goal as well as an assist; Greig Ridly and Tyson Foerster both scored; and Dylan Garand made 22 saves.

McTavish, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, has six goals and 10 points to lead the tournament in points.

Martin Rysavy scored for the Czech Republic in the loss.

In the last game of the day, Germany beat Switzerland 3-2 in Group B.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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