Canada downs Swiss in world junior exhibition

Jonathan Drouin scored twice to lead Canada's national junior hockey squad to a 4-1 exhibition win over Switzerland on Monday.

Jonathan Drouin rounds into form with 2 goals

Jonathan Drouin of Team Canada is playing in only his second game since sustaining a concussion on Dec. 6 while playing with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Jonathan Drouin scored twice to lead Canada's national junior hockey squad to a 4-1 exhibition win over Switzerland on Monday.

It was the final tuneup for Canada, which opens the world junior tournament Thursday against Germany.

Canada finished with a 2-1 exhibition record but was coming off a 3-0 loss to Sweden on Sunday.

Drouin is playing in only his second game since sustaining a concussion on Dec. 6 while playing with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL.  

Bo Horvat and Connor McDavid had the other goals for Canada. Jake Paterson stopped 23 shots in goal.

Yannick Rathgeb replied for Switzerland while Melvin Nyffeler stopped 29 shots.

Rathgeb opened the scoring on the power play just 1:21 into the first period. But Drouin countered with power-play goals at 15:31 and 17:02 to put Canada ahead to stay.

Horvat scored short handed at 19:51 of the second before McDavid rounded out the scoring at 4:38 of the third.

With files from CBCsports.ca

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