Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat speaks with the IIHF about his role with Team Canada's World Junior Team.

World Juniors: Horvat, Reinhart, Petan score in Canada’s 7-2 rout of Germany

Anthony Mantha led the way for Canada, scoring a hat trick while playing with Jonathan Drouin and Vernon's Curtis Lazar.

Canucks pick Bo Horvat scored his first as an international and Anthony Mantha paced with three goals as Team Canada routed Germany 7-2 on Boxing Day, the first day of competition at the 2014 World Juniors in Malmo, Sweden.

“The fans were unbelievable tonight,” Horvat said after the win ( “I can’t believe the amount of Canadian fans that are here. It was pretty cool and we’re glad we got the win for them.”

Jonathan Drouin assisted on all three of Mantha’s goal and 16-year-old phenom Connor McDavid had two assists of his own. Portland Winterhawks defenceman Derrick Pouliot also had two assists for Canada.

Vernon native Curtis Lazar – who plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL – had an assist while playing on Canada’s top line, alongside Drouin and Mantha.

North Vancouver kid Sam Reinhart also scored and had an assist.

“You can always improve on your game,” said Sam, to the IIHF’s Lucas Aykroyd. “It’s a process. It’s not just going to happen right off the start of the tournament.”

Reinhart is expected to go first overall in next year’s NHL Entry Draft, favoured for the top pick along with Canadian teammate Aaron Ekblad. Reinhart’s brother Griffin was sitting out Thursday’s game, serving a three-game suspension for a hit that occurred at last year’s tournament.

Josh Anderson and Nic Petan also scored for Canada. Petan, a draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets, is from North Delta, B.C. and also plays for the Portland Winterhawks. He led the WHL in scoring in 2012/13. (

Germany actually opened the scoring and the game was 2-2 in the first, until Mantha and the Canucks blew it wide open, scoring five unanswered to skyrocket through 60 minutes.

Dorian Saeftel and Janik Moser scored for the Germans.

Elsewhere in Malmo, the Russians thumped Norway 11-0 and Team USA was taking on the Czech Republic, leading 4-0 in the second period as of 10:00 a.m. PST.

Just Posted

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

PHOTOS: Surrey designer uses toilet paper to make a dress for annual Toronto show

‘The dress is very experimental and avante garde,’ says Guildford-based Alex S. Yu

Police issue warning after four overdoses in North Delta

Police and emergency health services use naloxone to revive four overdose victims Thursday morning

Surrey reacts to policing plan getting the green light

Former mayor, councillors and residents weigh in on the Public Safety Minister approving the transition

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

North Van music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Most Read