by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI | #WorldJuniors
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship is taking place in Edmonton & Red Deer, Alberta this holiday season. Check back for daily updates to our notebook here as we cheer on Kinkora’s Dave Cameron (Team’s Head Coach) and Charlottetown’s Kevin Elliott (Team’s Athletic Therapist).
NOTEBOOK – DAY 3 – DEC 28TH:
EDMONTON, Alta – Another historic night for a member of Team Canada’s roster on Tuesday night as 16-year-old phenomenon, Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, B.C./Regina, WHL) became the youngest Canadian player to score a hat trick at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The youngster recorded four goals during an 11-2 victory over Team Austria.
Via @HockeyCanada // “Full marks to Connor. It’s like our team, it’s a work in progress. We ask our guys to improve. Connor doesn’t need my help when the puck is on his stick and he’s in the offensive zone. He’s got exceptional status for a reason. Connor, like some of the other offensive guys on our team, [have to] mature their game away from the puck so they can get out of their own end through the neutral zone and then their strength can take over.”
- Head coach Dave Cameron (Kinkora, PE / Ottawa, OHL) on Bedard
Looking at the history books, Bedard (16 years, five months and 12 days) surpasses Wayne Gretzky (16 years, 10 months, 28 days on Dec. 25, 1977 vs. TCH) as the youngest to record a hat trick at the World Juniors. He is just the sixth player in Team Canada history to score four goals in a game, joining Mario Lemieux (Jan. 4, 1983 vs. NOR), Simon Gagné (Jan. 2, 1999 vs. KAZ), Brayden Schenn (Dec. 29, 2010 vs. NOR), Taylor Raddysh (Dec. 29, 2016 vs. LAT) and Maxime Comtois (Dec. 26, 2018 vs. DEN).
Via @HockeyCanada // “It’s pretty cool to hear your name with that guy. Whenever you get that honour, it’s pretty surreal and crazy. Like I said, it’s the second game of the tournament. I’m trying not to get too high on myself. It’s definitely pretty cool to hear that. It’s only one game. I don’t think I’ll be getting 2,800 points in the NHL.”
- Bedard, on being the first 16-year-old to record a World Juniors hat trick since Wayne Gretzky
Goaltender Leon Summer ( Steel Wings Linz / AlpsHL) of Austria was busy between the pipes as he faced a total of 64 shots from Canada’s talented line-up. Austria struggled to create offense and shots on goal against Canada’s Brett Brochu (Belle River, Ont. / London, OHL) who made 20 saves on 22 shots in his first start.
Other point getter’s for Canada included:
- Mason McTavish (Carp, Ont. / Peterborough, OHL) had two goals and one assist.
- Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont. / Manitoba, AHL) also had three points – one goal and two helpers.
- Kent Johnson (Port Moody, B.C. / University of Michigan, Big Ten) opened the scoring for Canada with a power-play goal at 5:08 of the first period. Just under a minute later, Lukas Cormier (Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, N.B. / Charlottetown, QMJHL) made it 2-0.
- Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C. / Kamloops, WHL) made it 3-0 before Bedard would add power-play and even-strength goals to give Canada a 5-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
- Mavrik Bourque (Plessisville, Que. / Shawinigan, QMJHL) also scored for Canada.
Via @HockeyCanada // “The big advantage is your experience and you know that no matter what you say and preach, when you’re playing a game where you have the puck so much, there’s going to be some lazy tendencies [that] slip into your team’s game. That’s human nature. The game went pretty much how I thought it would. The experience allows you to be a little mellow through that whole process. These guys are smart, too. As much as the coaches know what we’re up against, so do the players. It’s a way harder challenge tomorrow against a team that is stronger away from the puck. The players are already talking about that in the room after and that’s a sign of good leadership.”
- Cameron on the challenges playing a one-sided game
Next Game: Canada vs. Germany – Wednesday, December 29 (8:00 PM AST)
German forward Alexander Blank (Krefeld Pinguine / DEL) has been the offensive star for the Germans, scoring both goals against the Czechs and setting up Luca Munzenberger (University of Vermont / NCAA) for the lone goal in a 3-1 tournament-opening loss to Finland. Florian Bugl (Red Bull Hockey Academy / AlpsHL) was lights-out against Czechia and should help keep the Germans close. And then there’s Jakub Borzecki (EZ Red Bull Salzburg / ICE HL); the forward has become a fan favourite in Edmonton after missing the entire 2021 World Juniors while quarantined in his hotel room.
DAY 3: STANDINGS | SCORES | STATISTICS
NOTEBOOK – DAY 2 – DEC 27TH:
EDMONTON, Alta. – It was an off day on Monday for Canada’s National Junior Team. The team took to practice with almost a full roster despite missing Xavier Bourgault (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL) due to an injury he sustained in Canada’s first game against Czechia.
Team Canada’s practice lines yesterday shaped up to be:
Perfetti – Bourque – Wright
Johnson – McTavish – Stankoven
Neighbours – Greig – Gunther
Cuylle – Desnoyers – Bedard
Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants, WHL) was skating as Canada’s extra forward, as he did receive disciplinary action for his Illegal Check to the head in Game 1. He will be out of tonight’s line-up to serve his one game suspension.
Head Dave Cameron (Ottawa 67’s, OHL) has indicated that goaltender Brett Brochu (London Knights, OHL) will get the start in net tonight against Austria.
We also checked in with Cameron on what he got up to on his off-day besides the typical practice, video and workout sessions. It included taking some time to take a stroll around the team’s facilities…
“If I played for the Oilers, I wouldn’t rent an apartment…I’d just stay right in here – kitchen, lounge, espresso machine, and the part I probably like the best – the fitness area.” what else do you need?”
- Head Coach, Dave Cameron on how impressed he is with the Edmonton Oilers facility which is home to Team Canada during the tournament.
In yesterday’s 2022 IIHF World Juniors action, the Fins beat Austria 7-1, Germany edged out Czechia 2-1 in Overtime, Russia won 4-2 over Switzerland and Sweden shutout Slovakia 3-0.
A reminder that today’s schedule includes the Swiss taking on Team USA at 5:30 PM AST followed by Team Canada taking on Austria at 8:00 PM AST.
DAY 2: STANDINGS | SCORES | STATISTICS
NOTEBOOK – DAY 1 – DEC 26TH:
EDMONTON, Alta. – History was made in Canada’s opening game of the World Juniors tournament Sunday. Defenceman 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.
Via @HockeyCanada | “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.
- Owen Power on his hat trick and what went right for him
Canada’s National Junior Team defeated Czechia (formerly Czech Republic) 6-3 on Sunday to open the tournament 1-0.
Mason McTavish (Carp, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) opened the scoring just four minutes into the game.
However, the game itself was a bit of a rollercoaster from there as 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.
Other key players for Canada’s first win of the tournament included:
Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Everett, WHL) who scored Canada’s final goal on another power play in the third period. Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont./Manitoba, AHL) had three assists and goaltender, Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) made 14 saves for the win.
**Five of Canada’s six goals were scored by defenceman and shots were 37-17 in favour of Canada over Czechia.
Dave Cameron (Kincora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL), Canada’s bench boss has this to say on Canada’s opener:
Via @HockeyCanada | “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 finest.”
“[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.”
Cameron also went on to note Canada’s adversity they faced early on in the game…
“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 that.”
Next Game: Canada vs. Austria – Tuesday, December 28 (8:00pm AST)
DAY 1: STANDINGS | SCORES | STATISTICS