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McDavid helps Canada to 2-0 mark at under-18 tournament

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SOCHI, Russia -- Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters scored for the second straight game to lead Canada in a 3-1 win over Germany on Saturday at the IIHF under-18 world championship.

McDavid finished with a goal and an assist as Canada improved to 2-0 at the tournament. Canada opened the tournament with a 4-1 over Slovakia.

He assisted on Madison Bowey's opening goal just 1:27 in the game while on the power play.

"It was a great pass Connor McDavid gave me," said Bowey. "I had a lot of time and space so I just kind of took it and put it in."

Yan-Pavel Laplante of the P.E.I. Rocket made it 2-0 when he scored at 11:22 of the first as Canada finished the period with a 15-7 edge in shots on goal.

McDavid pushed the lead to 3-0 midway through the second, but Germany got one back when Janik Moser scored with under a minute left in the frame.

"I had a pretty good game but I was just doing it for the team," said McDavid. "I came here with not too many expectations. I'm playing well right now but, like I said, it's all about the team."

Canadian goalie Philippe Desrosiers finished with a 25 saves on 26 shots, while Kevin Reich was kept busy at the other end with 36 saves on 39 shots.

Canada next plays Switzerland on Monday.

The tournament is being played on two 2014 Olympic rinks. Canada will play the first round in Group B against Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden at the 7,000-seat Shayba Arena.

The United States is looking for a fifth straight gold medal at the event. The Americans and host Russia are in Group A with Latvia, Finland and the Czech Republic at the 12,000-seat Bolshoy Ice Dome.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2013 B4

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