Connor Bedard four goals Canada beats Austria

Connor Bedard became the youngest player in the World Juniors to score four goals in a game Tuesday night.

Bedard’s four goals helped Canada win 11-2 in Austria.

Bedard joined Mario Lemieux (1983), Simon Gagne (1999), Brayden Schenn (2010), Taylor Raddysh (2016) and Maxime Comtois (2018) in the Canadian junior record books for men for most goals scored in a single match.

In addition to scoring four goals, Bedard became the first 16-year-old Canadian to score a hat-trick since Wayne Gretzky in 1977.

Bedard, after not scoring in the opening match of the tournament, scored his first of the event with four to five left in the first period.

But the 16-year-old was just getting started and scoring his second of the match just 71 seconds later.

In the second period, he scored the only Canadian goal, joining Gretzky and giving Canada a 6-0 lead.

In the third period, he scored his fourth on a pass from Will Cuylle.

Austria came on the board late in the second, after goalkeeper Brett Brochu came out to challenge an Austrian striker, but Vinzenz Rohrer was able to make a quick pass to Lukas Necesany, who beat an extensive Brochu to reduce the deficit to five.

Canadian striker Justin Sourdif served a one-match quarantine for an illegal check to the head in Sunday’s tournament opener 6-3 victory over the Czech Republic.

Striker Xavier Bourgault also did not play after taking a header in Sunday’s third period.

“Crossing fingers that he can skate tomorrow,” said Canadian head coach Dave Cameron.

Stankoven from Kamloops Blazers and Soo Greyhounds defender Ryan O’Rourke pulled in to play their first games of the tournament.

Canada improves to 2-0 in the tournament and sits at the top of Group A thanks to their goal difference.

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