BRAYDEN SCHENN SCORES FOR TEAM CANADA IN WJC OPENER

Here is a link to the Brayden Schenn interview on his goal and the game. The game highlights follows the interview. Our Russian prospect Maxim Kitsyn also had a goal. I haven’t watched the USA game yet. Looking forward to seeing our 1st round pick, Derek Forbort, playing for team USA.

Here are the articles about the games. Click on the links for more.

The multitude of red-and-white clad fans who turned out for Canada’s opening game at the world junior hockey championship got what they came for — a gritty victory over talented Russia.

Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn broke open a tie game with power-play goals early in the third period and Curtis Hamilton added a tally with 27 seconds left to play as Canada downed Russia 6-3 on Sunday before 18,690 at HSBC arena.

“Until the third period, we didn’t play our game, but then we played it very well,” said Canadian captain Ryan Ellis. “We started to chip pucks in and hit more guys.

“We got physical, like we have to do.”

TSN

Meanwhile, the U.S. team beat Finland in a game that was anything but easy.

Team USA showed plenty of resilience in its opening 3-2 victory against Finland at the world junior championships Sunday.

Outshot in both of the first two periods and the game. Tied up twice, the second time after a USA goal was disallowed because a player was in the crease.

But the Americans are 1-0 in defense of last January’s gold medal because University of Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad’s wrist shot snuck past Finnish goalie Joni Ortio at 3:08 of overtime.

The Florida Panthers prospect had just come on the ice, picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated to the left faceoff circle and shot through a screen at 3:08.

“He made a great play,” USA coach Keith Allain said by phone from Buffalo.

USA TODAY



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