Bedard, 16, youngest with 4 goals in junior world game

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor Bedard became the youngest player to score four goals in a junior world hockey championship, leading Canada to beat Austria 11-2 on Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old joined Mario Lemieux (1983), Simon Gagne (1999), Brayden Schenn (2010), Taylor Raddysh (2016) and Maxime Comtois (2018) in the Canadian junior record books for most goals in a game.

Bedard was the seventh 16-year-old named to the men’s national junior team in its 45-year history, along with players like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby. Gretzky’s best single-match scoring performance for the juniors was a three-goal game against Czechoslovakia in 1977.

Mason McTavish scored twice and Cole Perfetti had a goal and two assists for Canada (2-0). Kent Johnson, Lukas Cormier, Logan Stankoven and Mavrik Bourque also scored for the Canadians.

Eliot Desnoyers and Will Cuylle each assisted on three Bedard goals. Brett Brochu stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win in his first start of the tournament.

Lukas Necesany and Mathias Bohm scored for Austria (0-2) with beleaguered starter Leon Sommer making 53 saves.

Canada will play its second Pool A game in as many days against Germany on Wednesday and will close the preliminary round on December 31 against Finland.

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