Canada devastates Denmark in quarterfinal

Canada routed Denmark 8-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre./p>

The win takes Hockey Canada’s men’s junior team to the semifinals against Slovakia on Sunday at the same venue. The two teams met earlier in the group stage, where Canada opened the tournament with a punishing 8-0 win.

On Friday, Connor McDavid helped Canada get things going, using his blistering pace to get behind the Denmark net before spotting Curtis Lazar in front of goal.

From there Lazar buried his shot past soon-to-be besieged Danish goaltender George Sorensen at 10:37 of the first period.

It’s hard to believe that at one point Denmark was outshooting Canada 4-0 but that obviously didn’t last. Canada made it 2-0 on the scoreboard when Sam Reinhart popped one past Sorensen less than five minutes after Lazar.

More of the same came in the second period when Lawson Crouse, McDavid and Lazar all scored within a span of six minutes to give Canada a 5-0 lead through 40 minutes. Canada outshot the overmatched Danes 19-3 in that period.

Nick Paul, Brayden Point and Nick Ritchie scored in the third period for Canada.

More to come.

Scott Harrigan
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