Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube returned to the lineup in a big way for Team Canada on Friday night in Hamilton, Ont.
The returning forward scored twice and finished with three points in Canada’s 8-1 rout of Switzerland during the final pre-tournament game before the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Moose Jaw Warriors captain Brett Howden was held off the scoresheet in the win for Canada.
The line of Dube, Sarnia Sting’s Jordan Kyrou and Regina Pats Sam Steel combined for three goals and eight points in the win.
Kyrou and Swift Current Broncos forward Tyler Steenbergen scored early in the first period to make it 2-0 for Canada after one.
Dube scored twice, while Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean and Cape Breton’s Drake Batherson also found the back of the net in the second period as Canada extened their lead to 6-1.
Steenbergen picked up his second of the night early in the third and Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Kale Clague finished off the onslaught midway through the frame.
Canada held Switzerland to just seven shots in the game, including none in the third period, while peppering the Swiss net with 61 shots.
Everett Silvertips goalie Carter Hart stopped three shots in the first period before being replaced by back-up Colton Point, who stopped three shots over the final two periods.
Canada is now off to Buffalo, N.Y. where they will open the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day against Finland.