Canada’s Owen Tippett, from left to right, Maxime Comtois, Evan Bouchard and Ian Mitchell celebrate Comtois’ goal against Denmark during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action in Vancouver, on Wednesday December 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Comtois scores four goals as Canada routs Denmark 14-0 to open world juniors

Canada will be back in action on Thursday, taking on the Swiss

Maxime Comtois scored four goals and Morgan Frost registered a hat trick as Canada blanked Denmark 14-0 at the world junior hockey championship on Wednesday.

The decisive win marked the first game of the tournament for Canada, which took gold last year.

Owen Tippett and Brett Leason each scored twice in the victory. Jack Studnicka, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and MacKenzie Entwistle also found the net, while Cody Glass tallied four assists.

Canucks prospect and Ottawa 67’s goalie Michael DiPietro made 14 saves to earn the shutout for Canada.

Mads Sogaard of the Medicine Hat Tigers stopped 30-of-41 shots for Denmark before he left the game with an apparent injury midway through the third period.

Canada opened the scoring 4:52 into the game after Leason forced a turnover.

Frost picked up the rubber went one-on-one with Sogaard and deked out the netminder out with some quick hands before slipping the puck under his pads to put Canada up 1-0.

Frost, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, was dominant across the first period, getting involved each of Canada’s goals.

Less than three minutes after scoring one of his own, the left-winger collected a pass from Glass in front of the net and sliced it across the ice to Tippett at the backdoor.

Tippett rocketed a shot in behind Sogaard, giving Canada a two-goal lead.

With 42 seconds left in the first frame, Frost struck again after defenceman Markus Phillips found him in front of the net.

Frost wound up and fired a blistering shot past the Danish goalie.

The Canadians carried the momentum into the second period, adding another goal just 45 seconds in.

Glass left the puck for Comtois at the top of the face-off circle and the Canadian captain got a quick shot off to put his team up 4-0.

Fifty-five seconds later, DiPietro got a long pass off to Nick Suzuki, who looked like he was about to shoot, then sliced a quick pass to Frost instead.

Frost hammered it in for his third goal of the night.

READ MORE: Team Canada looks to defend hockey gold medal on home ice; starts Boxing Day

The game paused as skaters in toques and plaid shirts gathered the dozens of hats that rained down on the ice in celebration.

Canada got its first man advantage 7:05 into the second after Denmark’s Oliver Kjaer was called for delay of game.

Glass got a beautiful pass of to Studnicka, who put it in past Sogaard.

Canada registered another power-play goal midway through the frame after Danish right-winger Lucas Andersen was put in the box for tripping.

This time, Bouchard found Tippett down low and the Florida Panthers prospect hammered the puck in.

Anderson-Dolan added Canada’s eighth goal of the night with less than a minute to go in the second, poking the puck past Sogaard after a battle in front of the Danish net.

Denmark’s best chance of the night came early in the third frame when Bouchard slashed left-winger Phillip Schultz as he took a shot.

Schultz — who plays for the WHL’s Victoria Royals — got a penalty shot, but DiPietro made the stop with his right blocker.

Canada didn’t let the play interrupt its flow, responding with a rush that saw Comtois notch his second goal of the night.

The Anaheim Ducks prospect finished his hat trick 9:01 into the third period.

Leason put up goals 11 and 12 for Canada before Comtois scored once again with just over five minutes to go.

Entwistle was the final Canadian to score.

Sogaard went down with an apparent injury with seven-and-a-half minutes to go in the game, writhing on the ice before he was helped off by a trainer.

William Rorth stepped into the crease to finish off the game.

Canada will be back in action on Thursday, taking on the Swiss.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Residents say Monday’s fatal crash in Saanich wasn’t unexpected

Speed has long been a concern for neighbours in the Cumberland and Union roads area

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

Sealand was much more than killer whales, says ex-employee

Former Sealasd trainer revisits Sealand of the Pacific in talk

Province overrules View Royal; plans to build handyDART facility

View Royal Mayor calls province’s actions “heavy handed” and “unusual”

WATCH: United Way #Drive4Five event launches campaign to raise $5 million

More than 80,000 lives changed last year by the United Way

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Most Read