Team Canada opens with a bang
Bo Horvat scored once as Canada thumped Germany by a score of 7-2 in the tournament opener on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.
Horvat, the first Canucks draft pick to play for Canada since Cody Hodgson in 2009, banged home a nifty Sam Reinhart pass with 1:30 remaining in the first period to give Canada a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Anthony Mantha scored a hat trick, while Josh Anderson, Nic Petan and Sam Reinhart added singles to round out the scoring for the Canadians, who haven’t lost the tournament opening game since dropping a 3-2 decision to Finland back in 1998.
Horvat, the ninth overall pick in last June’s NHL Entry Draft, centred a line with youngster Connor McDavid and potential 2014 top pick, Sam Reinhart. The trio started the game and also played as a unit on the power play.
Canada returns to action on Saturday (8am PST) against Czech Republic.Bo Notes
-Horvat also played on the penalty kill.
-Unofficially, he went 10-for-16 (63%) in the faceoff circle, including 4-for-5 in the defensive zone.
-The Rodney, Ontario product took a hooking penalty with 6:45 remaining in the middle stanza.
-Horvat finished plus-2 in the game.
-The Horvat, McDavid and Reinhart line had a dominant shift early in the second period that saw the trio generate three or four good scoring chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.
-Horvat previously represented Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka tournament, where he posted four points (2-2-4) in five games.