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Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens opens World Juniors with hat trick and three assists

Dylan Cozens (first round, 2019) and Canada opened their gold medal defense with a resounding 16-2 victory over Germany on Saturday.

Cozens tallied six points (3+3) and was named Canada’s player of the game. Fellow Sabres prospects Jack Quinn (first round, 2020) and J-J Peterka (second round, 2020) also tallied points in the contest.

Later, Ryan Johnson (first round, 2019) and Team USA rebounded from their opening-night loss to Russia with an 11-0 victory over Austria.

Let’s look at the action.

Saturday’s games

Germany 2 – Canada 16

The Canadians dominated this game against the Germans, who were playing with just three forward lines for the second time in as many nights (the result of a COVID-19 outbreak).

Cozens stole the show with his six-point outing, but Peterka scored while the game was still close and Quinn notched an early assist for his first point of the tournament.

Quinn tallied the primary assist on the game’s first goal, fending off a defender along the boards before passing to defenseman Kaiden Guhle:

Peterka capitalized on a power play to cut a 2-0 deficit in half later in the period. The goal was his second point of the tournament after earning an assist against Finland on Christmas.

Cozens already had three assists by the time he sped past two defenders and scored his first goal of the night to make it a 10-1 game. He later tapped in No. 2 on the power play and completed the hat trick with a shot from in tight. Watch all three goals below.

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