The United States remains undefeated at the 2015 World Junior Championships. Only this time, Team USA, which defeated Finland in a shootout Friday, did so in regulation to take all three points in a game the Americans controlled from start to finish.
Michigan freshman Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) scored twice and added an assist as Team USA shut out Germany 6-0 Sunday in Montreal.
Larkin's efforts were enough to be named Team USA's player of the game.
Auston Matthews (US Under-18 program/2016 Draft Eligible) started the scoring in the first period when North Dakota freshman Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks) found the 17 year-old open. Later in the period, Hudson Fasching (University of Minnesota/Buffalo Sabres) made it 2-0 when he buried his own rebound.
Sonny Milano (Columbus Blue Jackets/Plymouth - OHL) and Larkin scored in the second period. Milano, who had several chances earlier, picked up his first goal of the tournament when Team USA and Germany were playing 4 on 4 hockey. Larkin, meanwhile, scored when his pass to Michigan teammate and US linemate Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks) went off a German defender and into the net.
USA captain Jack Eichel (Boston University/2015 Draft Eligible) made waves in the third period with a wraparound goal for his first of the tournament. Larkin added his second of the game with 20 seconds remaining.
Starting his first U-20 game, Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers/Soo Greyhounds - OHL) made 14 saves for his first shutout.
Overall, Team Germany was out-shot by a 53-14 margin and falls to 0-2 in Group A. German goalie Ilya Sharipov, who was tested by head coach Mark Osiecki's squad constantly, was named Team Germany's player of the game after making 47 saves.
With the win, Team USA joins Canada with two wins. The Canadians, however, are atop Group A since it won both games in regulation. (Team Canada has yet to give up a goal in wins over Slovakia and Germany.) Team USA next plays Slovakia Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET.