Canada opens World Juniors with 5-2 win over Latvia

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Sweden's Simon Edvinsson (7) and Switzerland's Jonas Taibel (25) battle for the puck during the third period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships game in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, August 10 2022. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via PA)

Sweden’s Simon Edvinsson (7) and Switzerland’s Jonas Taibel (25) battle for the puck during the third period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships game in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, August 10 2022. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via PA)

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Connor Bedard had a goal and an assist and Canada opened play in the postponed World Junior Hockey Championship with a 5-2 win over Latvia on Wednesday night.

The tournament was postponed after being canceled on Dec. 29 after four days as rising COVID-19 cases forced matches to be cancelled.

Ridly Greig and William Dufour also each had a goal and an assist for Canada in the Group A game. Lukas Cormier and Olen Zellweger also scored, captain Mason McTavish had two assists and Sebastian Cossa made 24 saves.

Rainers Darzins and Bogdans Hodass scored for Latvia, which lost 6-1 to Finland in their opener on Tuesday. Patriks Berzins stopped 39 shots.

The Canadians will continue the round robin on Thursday against Slovakia.

Earlier in Group B, Daniel Torgersson scored twice in Sweden’s 3-2 win over Switzerland.

Isak Rosen also scored for Sweden and Jesper Wallstedt made 21 saves. Attilio Biasca and Dario Allenspach scored for Switzerland.

At the end of the game, Germany faced Austria in Group B.

The United States, which won 5-1 against Germany on Tuesday, will face Switzerland on Thursday evening.

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