Canucks prospect Podkolzin has three points to lead Russia past Austria

Russia's Vasili Podkolzin (19) and Marat Khusnutdinov (22) celebrate a goal against Austria. (Jason Franson/CP)

EDMONTON — Austria scored its first goal of the world junior hockey championship on Tuesday, but couldn’t muster a win over the dominant Russians.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Vasili Podkolzin had two goals and an assist, leading Russia to a 7-1 win over Austria in Edmonton.

Rodion Amirov, Marat Khusnutdinov, Artemi Knyazev, Yegor Afanasiev and Arseni Gritsyuk also scored for the Russians.

Senna Peeters registered Austria’s lone goal, finding the back of the net 7:38 into the second period.

Russia’s Artur Akhtyamov had 17 saves, and Austrian goalie Jakob Brandner stopped 43 of the 50 shots he faced.

The victory improves Russia’s record to 2-0-0-1 (wins, overtime wins, overtime losses, regulation losses), while Austria remains winless.

Russia will face a tough test on Wednesday when the face Sweden (2-0) in preliminary round play. Austria will battle the Czech Republic on Thursday.

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