Two goals in 28 seconds early in the second period opened the floodgates as the United States beat Austria 11-0 on Saturday night at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alta.
Trevor Zegras made it 2-0 on a perfect shot from inside the right circle, and added his second of the night later in the period. He also had two assists.
John Farinacci made it 3-0 just after Zegras’ first goal. Brandon Brisson and Matthew Boldy also scored in the Americans’ second six-goal period. Boldy had two in the second and added the hat trick goal in the third period. Brisson also added a goal in the third period. Alex Turcotte had three assists.
Brett Berard and Sam Colangelo also scored in the third period.
Senna Peeters had Austria’s best chance of the second half when he hit the post behind Wolf.
Austria were beaten in the first half of the opening period, but Sebastian Wraneschitz held on to ensure the game remained 0-0. He was also aided by several shots that hit from his posts. It was a physical start, with several big hits from both teams in the opening frame.
After holding the United States at bay for most of the first period, it was a bad break that saw the Americans take the lead. The puck slowly hit Wraneschitz’s goal stick and rolled through his body into the net. Drew Helleson was the last player to hit the puck and got the credit for the goal.
Alex Turcotte, who scored Helleson’s goal, had two good chances to extend the lead, but hit the post. Another chance sparked a mad rush ahead, but the score remained 1-0 as Wraneschitz managed to keep the puck clear. The USA beat Austria 22-3 in the first period.
Wraneschitz’s heroic effort came to an end when he left the game with 10:48 left in the third period with a lower body injury. He made 59 saves. He was replaced by Jakob Brandner.
Dustin Wolf started for the Americans after assisting Spencer Knight on Friday night. He wasn’t really tested, making 10 saves in the win. It was Austria’s first match in the World Junior First Division since the 2010 tournament.
The United States now has two days off before facing the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Austria’s next game will be against Sweden on Monday.