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HAT TRICK!!! Cutter Gauthier Keeps Flying At World Championships

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Cutter Gauthier battles for puck against France.
Cutter Gauthier battles for puck against France.

The goal machine otherwise known as Cutter Gauthier rolled on at the World Championships on Sunday.

The Flyers’ top prospect scored three goals in Team USA’s 9-0 victory over France. The Americans are 6-0 in the tournament and Gauthier has scored six goals.

Gauthier is second in goals scored in the tournament, two behind the Red Wings’ Dominik Kubalik, of Czechia.

Besides the goal-scoring, Gauthier is impressing teammates and opponents with his play.

“When you get on the ice with Cutter at first, the first time he rips it, everyone’s kind of looking at each other: ‘Did you just see that?’ ” linemate T.J. Tynan said.

“The sky’s the limit for him. He’s been a joy to play with. And he’s going to be incredible. It’ll be fun to watch.”

Young And Impressive

Gauthier is 19 years old, the second-youngest player on Team USA. He is playing with full-grown men and he often looks like the best player on the ice.

Gauthier scored Team USA’s second, fourth and ninth goals against France. He also picked up an assist on the third goal.

 

“It was good,” Gauthier said. “Our coaches preached at the beginning of the game: ‘It doesn’t matter which opponent we’re facing.’ So that’s what we stuck to. And I thought we had a good 60 [minutes].

“It feels good. Any time you’re able to score, especially for your country, is amazing. Winning this game today is what matters the most.

“It’s only helping us go into [the] Sweden [game] in two days.”

Gauthier was named “Player of the Game” for the second time this tournament.

Team USA defenseman Scott Perunovich, of Minnesota-Duluth, assisted on Gauthier’s first two goals.

“He’s a great player,” Gauthier said about Perunovich in a TSN between-periods interview. “He’s one of my tightest friends throughout this tournament and it shows in our on-ice connection.”

The nine goals were the Americans’ highest-scoring output since a 9-3 victory over Korea in 2018. That team also won its first six games and won the bronze medal.

Team USA has dominated Group A, outscoring opponents, 30-5.

Team USA plays Sweden at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The game will be on NHL Network. The Swedes are in second place with four wins and one overtime win. Sweden plays Denmark on Monday.

Power Rankings

The IIFH released power rankings Sunday and 6-0 Team USA is ranked No. 1.

1. United States — “Circumnavigating the Worlds with a 6-foot-2 Cutter.”

2. Switzerland

3. Sweden

4. Czechia

5. Finland

6. Canada

7. Latvia

8. Germany

9. Slovakia

10. Denmark

11. France

12. Norway

13. Kazakhstan

14. Hungary

15. Austria

16. Slovenia

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Tonight’s Playoff Game:

Game 3: Hurricanes at Panthers, 8, TNT.

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