After a wild opening victory against Czechia, Team Canada will look to keep the momentum going against Austria at the 2022 World Junior Championships while also making a couple of tweaks to the lineup.
Xavier Bourgault suffered an injury in Sunday’s win and will not play for the Canadians on Tuesday. In turn, Canada will run with 12 forwards and eight blueliners and Mavrik Bourque will draw in on the top line with Cole Perfetti and Shane Wright to start. Meanwhile, Connor Bedard, who got time on the top trio on Boxing Day, will start on the fourth line with Elliott Desnoyers and Will Cuylle.
Team Austria will be looking to put a tough last few days in the rearview and get back on track. To kick off their World Juniors run, the Austrians had to quarantine because of a positive COVID-19 test, and they didn’t know if they would be playing on Monday against Finland. However, the game ultimately went on as scheduled, and they fell 7-1 to Finland.
“We had heavy legs after having to stay in the hotel the entire day yesterday,” Martin Urbanek, the lone scorer for Austria, told IIHF.com after the defeat. “Such things can happen. We did the best we can to prepare and had a good workout.”
Brett Brochu will start in net for Canada after Dylan Garand started on Sunday, while Leon Sommer gets the nod for the Austrians.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Canada vs. Austria in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship on Tuesday. Follow below for complete results from the preliminary round game.
Canada vs. Austria score
Canada vs. Austria live updates, highlights from 2022 World Juniors
8:14 p.m. ET – GOAL: Connor Bedard gets the puck off the face-off and makes a great deke before firing the puck top shelf for the natural hat trick. Team Canada now has hat tricks from two different players (Bedard and Owen Power) in the first two games of the 2022 World Juniors. It’s 6-0 for the Canadians with 13:47 to go in the second period.
8:12 p.m. ET – The Canadians are absolutely swarming. Mason McTavish gets a clear-cut chance in front but it rings off the post. Still 5-0.
8:11 p.m. ET – Donovan Sebrango makes a brilliant stretch pass up to Ridly Greig for a breakaway chance but it goes wide.
8:10 p.m. ET – Team Canada can’t convert on the man advantage, and it remains 5-0. The Canadians are 2-for-3 so far tonight and have five PPGs so far this tournament.
8:06 p.m. ET – The Canadians will go on their third power play of the night after Jake Neighbours draws a holding call on Lucas Thaler.
8:05 p.m. ET – The second period is underway, with Canada leading Austria 5-0 after an eventful opening frame. Fourteen different Canadians have found the scoresheet tonight. Also, Team Canada has as many goals from the blue line through two games so far as they had all last tournament.
7:47 p.m. ET – END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: Team Canada leads Team Austria 5-0 on two goals from Connor Bedard and strikes from Logan Stankoven, Lukas Cormier and Kent Johnson. The Canadians are outshooting the Austrians 25-6.
7:39 p.m. ET – GOAL: Connor Bedard forces a turnover in the neutral zone and goes on a give-and-go with Will Cuylle before burying a return pass to make it 5-0 for Team Canada in the opening frame. That’s Bedard’s second goal of the night thanks to back-to-back tallies in under two minutes.
7:37 p.m. ET – GOAL: Connor Bedard gets his first World Juniors goal in the final seconds of the power play, picking up his own rebound off a bang-bang play in front. It’s 4-0 for the Canadians with under five minutes to go in the first.
7:35 p.m. ET – Despite the scoreboard, Leon Sommer has been excellent for Team Austria so far. Has come up with quite a few big saves for the Austrians already.
7:34 p.m. ET – Team Canada will head to the power play as Tobias Sablattnig will head off for hooking.
7:29 p.m. ET – Halfway through the first period, the Canadians are up 3-0 and are outshooting the Austrians 17-4.
7:23 p.m. ET – GOAL: Logan Stankoven picks up a pass from Mason McTavish, charges into the offensive zone and fires an absolute rocket past Leon Sommer to make it 3-0 for Team Canada.
7:19 p.m. ET – GOAL: Lukas Cormier walks the line and then closes in on net before beating Leon Sommer glove-side to make it 2-0 for Team Canada early.
7:17 p.m. ET – GOAL: Kent Johnson finishes off a great tic-tac-toe passing play from Cole Perfetti and Owen Power with a one-timer to get Canada a power-play goal early. It’s 1-0 for the Canadians.
7:16 p.m. ET – The Canadians will head to the power play as Mason McTavish draws a hooking penalty on Johannes Tschurnig.
7:15 p.m. ET – Team Canada is swarming so far with eight shots in the first 3:56 minutes of play here in Edmonton. The Austrians have just two shots on goal so far.
7:12 p.m. ET – Brett Brochu gets a nice glove save in early on after Kilian Rappold got a clean shot on net following a turnover in the defensive zone. It’s still scoreless in the first three minutes.
7:11 p.m. ET – Ridly Greig showing off some silky mitts early. Canada already with a few good looks on net.
7:10 p.m. ET – The puck is dropped and action is underway from Rogers Place. This is the first time since 1981 that Canada and Austria are playing each other at World Juniors.
6:14 p.m. ET – Edmonton Oilers blueliner Tyson Barrie wishes the boys well as they try to go 2-0 to open the tournament and also shouts out the four Oil Kings on Canada’s roster: Jake Neighbours, Dylan Guenther, Sebastian Cossa and Kaidan Guhle.
6 p.m. ET – Team Canada reveals its line combinations for its Tuesday tilt against Austria. Mavrik Bourque gets a promotion to the top line with Xavier Bourgault injured, Connor Bedard starts things off on the fourth combination and Brett Brochu will play in his first game of the tournament for the Canadians.
Canada vs. Austria start time
- Time: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT
The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, home of the Edmonton Oilers.
How to watch 2022 World Juniors hockey games
- TV channels: TSN, NHL Network
- Live streams: TSN.ca, TSN app, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. Gord Miller will provide the play-by-play commentary, with Ray Ferraro joining as an analyst for al of Canada’s Group A games.
In the United States, viewers can find the games on the NHL Network.
Canada vs. Austria odds
- Canada: -8.5
- Czechia: +8.5
Canada is a heavy 8.5-goal betting favorite to beat Austria in their preliminary game, according to Sports Interaction.
Canada World Juniors schedule 2022
|Dec. 26||Czechia||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Dec. 28||Austria||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Dec. 29||Germany||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Dec. 31||Finland||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Jan. 2||Quarterfinals||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|Jan. 4||Semifinals||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|Jan. 5||Bronze/Gold||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|