Canada and the United States typically conserve their fireworks for later on.

Big objectives, huge saves, minutes of both victory and heartbreak have actually peppered the intense competition at the world junior hockey championship through the years.

With some deft hand-eye coordination and a sweet move in tight, Alexis Lafreniere wrote his own chapter Thursday.

The predicted No. 1 choice at the 2020 NHL draft scored seven seconds after the U.S. connected the video game late in the third period as part of a stunning four-point performance, raising Canada to a wild 6-4 victory over its North American neighbour in the competition opener for both countries.

" He's astounding," stated Canadian captain Barrett Hayton, whose two power-play goals came on Lafreniere setups. "He brings so many various elements out there. It's underrated. He brings a lots of energy.

" You see his skill set ... actually could not request for better passes."

ENJOY " I got lucky to knock it down," said Lafreniere, who got the crest on his jersey in celebration. "I just tried to get it to the web."It's one game," said Pinto, who added an assist for a three-point night. "We simply tried to keep it easy and get pucks to the net," said Lafreniere, who leads the Canadian Hockey League with 70 points in 32 games this season. Robertson, a Toronto Maple Leafs' prospect, got the U.S. back within one with 7:45 left in guideline. "You get those swings. " I got lucky to knock it down," said Lafreniere, who grabbed the crest on his jersey in event. "I just attempted to get it to the internet."We just attempted to keep it basic and get pucks to the internet," stated Lafreniere, who leads the Canadian Hockey League with 70 points in 32 video games this season. Robertson, a Toronto Maple Leafs' possibility, got the U.S. back within one with 7:45 left in regulation. "You get those swings.