Canada rolls over Germany in world junior opener

Canada's Bo Horvat (right) scores as German goalie Marvin Cupper and Dominik Kahun try to stop the...

Canada's Bo Horvat (right) scores as German goalie Marvin Cupper and Dominik Kahun try to stop the shot during world junior championship play in Malmo, Sweden, December 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:37 PM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - That Anthony Mantha recorded a hat trick against an inferior German squad Thursday should have surprised nobody.

After all, scoring goals is what Mantha does at home with the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Mantha, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, has a league-high 35 goals in 32 games. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound winger had 50 goals, the lone player in the Quebec league to reach the milestone. But Mantha’s ability to put the puck in the net never was a guarantee that he was going to stick with the Canadian juniors, and for a time in the past couple of weeks, it was touch-and-go whether the native of Longueuil, Que., would be one of coach Brent Sutter’s two cuts at forward.

A steady improvement, however, convinced Sutter and his staff that Mantha had a few more dimensions to his game.

“I know in the short period of time we have been doing this, he is a better player than he was 11 days ago,” Sutter said after Mantha’s hat trick paced Canada to a 7-2 drubbing of Germany in the opener of the 2014 world junior championship.


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