After scoring the game-winner with less than two seconds left just a handful of days earlier, Winnipeg’s Mark Stone stepped up to the plate and delivered big-time, once again for the Canadians on Saturday. His hat trick was more than enough for Canada, who thumped Germany 8-1, improving their record to 4-0-1 in the tournament.
Saturday’s contest was the first lost of the World Championship for the Germans, who looked highly unorganized against the surging Canadians. Yasin Ehliz scored the only goal of the game for Germany, while star Leon Draisaitl was limited to just two shots and finished the game a minus two.
Canada controlled the play from the get-go, putting up 49 shots on net, keeping German netminder Niklas Treutle quite busy. Stone collected Canada’s second, third and fourth goals of the game, one of which came on the power play. Near the end of the second period, with Germany scoring to bring them to within two goals of Canada, Stone removed any doubt from the minds of the Canadian fans, scoring his hat trick goal just 48 seconds after Ehliz’s marker.
Anthony Mantha (2), Sam Reinhart, Anthony Cirelli and Stone’s former Ottawa Senators teammate Thomas Chabot also collected goals in the victory, moving Canada to second place in tournament standings. The Canadians then beat up on Denmark on Monday 5-0. Stone collected two helpers, while Reinhart picked up another two goals. Through six tournament games, Mark Stone now has five goals and eight points, just behind Anthony Mantha for the team lead. Next up for Canada is a critical battle with the United States on Tuesday evening.