GAME STATISTICS |
– Owen Power (Mississauga, Ont./University of Michigan, Big Ten) became the
first defenceman in Team Canada history to record a hat trick in an IIHF
World Junior Championship game as Canada’s National Junior Team defeated
Czechia 6-3 on Sunday in its tournament opener.
scored once in the first period and added a pair of goals – both on
5-on-3 power plays, in the second.
• Mason McTavish (Carp, Ont./Peterborough, OHL)
opened the scoring with an excellent individual effort just four
• Czechia held a 3-1 advantage before Power cut into the lead in the first,
and Donovan Sebrango (Kingston, Ont./Grand Rapids, AHL) scored in the final
minute of the first period to even things up after 20 minutes.
• Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Everett, WHL)
scored Canada’s final goal on another power play in the third period.
• Five of Canada’s six goals were scored by defencemen.
• Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Manitoba, AHL)
had three assists.
• Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL)
made 14 saves for the win in the Canadian goal.
• Canada outshot Czechia 37-17.
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“It’s incredible to have fans in the stands. They’re wearing the Team
Canada jerseys and cheering us on. We’re really happy to have our fans in
- Mavrik Bourque (Plessisville, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL) on playing in front of fans in Edmonton
“The guys did a good job of getting me good pucks and getting me good spots
to shoot. Pucks just kind of found me and luckily they went in. I was
pretty surprised [to be the first Canadian defenceman with a hat trick].
There have been a ton of really good players play in these tournaments. I
had no idea that no one had had a hat trick. It's pretty special. It's the
first trick I have had (In a long time). Doing it at this stage and wearing
the Team Canada jersey is pretty special.
- Power on his hat trick and what went right for him
“That time out was huge that we took [after the 3-1 goal]. It settled us
down and we did a better job of keeping guys in front of us. After that
time out, we settled in and played really good hockey.”
- Power on how Canada bounced back after a slow start
“One of the things we discussed all week prior to the game as a coaching
staff was we didn’t know what to expect in the first 10 minutes. We knew it
was going to be a bit of an adventure. That was junior hockey at its
“[We told the team to] just settle down and relax, make plays. One of
things we preach is to manage the pucks. Czechs did a good job, they were
willing to take a chance to get a chance. It was just about settling in and
let's play responsible hockey. It's just about calm. Just play hockey,
protect the puck, make good decisions with the puck, don't try to play the
whole tournament in the first 10 minutes of the first game.”
- Head coach Dave Cameron (Kincora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) on Canada falling behind 3-1
and coming back and, also, on him calling a time out in the first period to
settle down the team
“It's always great to have adversity when you win the hockey game. This is
my fourth World Juniors and the thing I've learned is to expect the
unexpected. You put in a style of play for your team but it never really
goes as planned. In junior hockey, don't be shocked at anything. Adversity
was good because we won the game and hopefully we can learn and grow from
- Cameron on facing adversity early on
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