PIESTANY, Slovakia - Mathew Barzal scored the winning goal and added an assist as Canada opened its defence of its U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup title with a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Monday.
Canada has won the summer hockey tournament six years in a row, and 18 of the past 23 times since it began in 1991.
The Canadians took a step toward adding another title by spreading the scoring out and getting a solid performance in goal from Zachary Sawchenko.
Dylan Strome, Lawson Crouse, Mitchell Vande Sompel and Mitchell Stephens had the other goals for Canada, while Sawchenko made 20 saves.
"We've jelled together quite a bit lately, and it's really easy for me to play in front of this group," Sawchenko said.
Canada coach Jody Hull said the team is coming together despite having just three practices and one exhibition game before Monday's contest.