2015-16 National Junior Team

Canada 4 – CIS All-Stars 5 (SO)



TORONTO, Ont. – Canada got goals from Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL), Travis Dermott (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL), Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) and Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL) but fell in a shootout Saturday night to Team CIS in the first of two exhibition games at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp.

Spencer Abraham scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting a backhand past goalie Mason McDonald (Halifax, N.S./Charlottetown, QMJHL), to give Team CIS the win.

Gauthier also added two assists for Canada.

Eric Locke led Team CIS with two goals; Olivier Hinse and Alex Saulnier added the others.

Kevin Bailie picked up the win in net.

This marked the second year in a row that Canada’s National Junior Team has played a pair of games at its world juniors selection camp against a team of CIS players. Last year it swept the two-game series against the CIS Toronto Selects; this year’s CIS roster brought together players from across the country, including 20 with CHL experience themselves.

Canada got on the board first, 9:21 into the opening period, when Stephens flipped in a backhand from the low slot.

Dermott doubled the Canadian lead at the 12:35 mark, but moments later Locke and Hinse replied with a pair of goals a mere 15 seconds apart to even things up 2-2 heading into the first intermission.

Team CIS took the lead late in the middle period; Saulnier took a centering pass from the side boards and beat McDonald high from the slot.

Two minutes later Gauthier tipped in Sanheim’s point shot to make it 3-3.

Locke finished off a passing play on the man-advantage to pick up his second goal of the game, 7:22 into the third, but Beauvillier brought Canada even with less than three to play in regulation.

The story of the game was special teams. Canada drew the first three penalties of the game, converting on two of those chances. But its own lack of discipline led to the CIS’ go-ahead goal in the third, and nearly cost the team in overtime, when Team CIS started the extra period on the power play. The extra space afforded from playing four-on-three on the international-size ice brought quality scoring chances, but both teams’ shot blockers and goalies were up to the task.


Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/no
01 Round/Ronde Exhibition/Hors concours
Arena/Aréna MasterCard Centre Location/Lieu Etobicoke, Ont.
Date Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 Time/Heure 7:30 p.m. ET


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT/P SO/TB Total
CAN 2 1 1 0 0 4
CIS 2 1 1 0 1 5


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :

9:21 CAN Mitchell Stephens (Julien Gauthier)
12:35 CAN Travis Dermott (Julien Gauthier, Mathew Barzal) PP/AN
12:58 CIS Eric Locke (Alex Saulnier, Stephen MacAulay)
13:13 CIS Olivier Hinse (Colin Behenna)

Penalties/Pénalités :
12:23 CIS Matt Pufahl (Cross-checking/Double-échec)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :

16:22 CIS Alex Saulnier (Eric Locke, Spencer Abraham)
18:27 CAN Julien Gauthier (Travis Sanheim) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
9:22 CIS Liam Heelis (Hooking/Accrocher)
16:52 CIS Stephen MacAulay (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
18:52 CAN Pierre-Luc Dubois (Hooking/Accrocher)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :

07:22 CIS Eric Locke (Alex Saulnier, Matt Pufahl) PP/AN
17:37 CAN Anthony Beauvillier (Michael Dal Colle, Nick Merkley)

Penalties/Pénalités :
1:31 CIS Matt Pufahl (Hooking/Accrocher)
5:24 CAN Roland McKeown (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
8:56 CIS Stephen MacAulay (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
19:56 CAN Travis Konecny (Tripping/Faire trébucher)


Goals/Buts : 

Penalties/Pénalités : 

Shootout/Tirs de barrage

CAN Mathew Barzal (no goal/aucun but)
CIS Eric Locke (no goal/aucun but)
CAN Anthony Beauvillier (no goal/aucun but)
CIS Alex Saulnier (no goal/aucun but)
CAN Brendan Perlini (no goal/aucun but)
CIS Spencer Abraham (goal/but)


Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
CAN Mason McDonald
CIS Kevin Bailie


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT/P Total
CAN 16 14 11 3 44
CIS 12 7 12 0 31
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