MARNER HAS THREE POINTS, RED BLANKS WHITE IN U18 CAMP OPENER
JASON LA ROSE
CALGARY, Alta. – Mitchell Marner (Thornhill, Ont./London, OHL) scored once and added two assists to pace the Red offence as it opened Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp with a 6-0 win over White on Sunday night.
Red scored twice in the first period and added four more in less than 12 minutes of the second to earn the victory in the first of three intrasquad games at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre.
Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL), Graham Knott (Holland Landing, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Jared Bethune (Fort Frances, Ont./Warroad High School, USHS) and Nicolas Roy (Amos, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) also scored Red goals.
Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) and Callum Booth (Montreal, Que./Quebec, QMJHL) combined for the shutout in the Red goal; Sawchenko made five saves in close to 31 minutes before giving way to Booth, who was much busier, stopping all 14 shots he faced.
Red dominated the first period, outshooting White 14-3, and struck first when Beauvillier finished off a feed from Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) at 13:55.
Strome doubled the lead before the end of the first period, beating Olivier Tremblay (Chicoutimi, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) off a Marner pass with 76 seconds left in the opening frame.
The floodgates opened for Red in the second period; first it was Knott at 6:58, converting a breakaway opportunity off Tremblay’s arm and in, followed by Bethune on the power play at 11:22.
Roy and Marner extended the lead to six with goals just 1:36 apart late in the period, capping the scoring.
Beauvillier and Knott joined Marner as multiple-point scorers; they both added an assist to their goals.
Tremblay and Nick McBride (Maple Ridge, B.C./Prince Albert, WHL) manned the net for White; Tremblay allowed three goals on 19 shots, while McBride gave up three on 12 chances.
Selection camp continues Monday with a 5 p.m. MT puck drop, and caps off Tuesday with an 11 a.m. MT game, after which the 22-player roster will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.