EDMONTON, Alta. – Five different players scored as Canada's National Junior Team clinched its spot in the gold medal game at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, defeating Czechia 5-2 in the semifinals on Friday.
- Kent Johnson (Port Moody, B.C./Columbus, NHL) opened the scoring and added a pair of assists.
- Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) chipped in with a power-play goal and an assist.
- Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, B.C./Regina, WHL), Mason McTavish (Carp, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) and Joshua Roy (Saint-Georges, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) rounded out the scoring.
- Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Everett, WHL) contributed a trio of assists.
- Tyson Foerster (Alliston, Ont./Barrie, OHL), Nathan Gaucher (Richelieu, Que./Québec, QMJHL), Will Cuylle (Toronto, Ont./Windsor, OHL) and William Dufour (Québec, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) registered one assist apiece.
- McTavish, Stankoven and Zellweger were named Team Canada’s three best players of the tournament.
- Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) made 30 saves.
- Canada outshot Czechia 35-32.
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“We have been working towards this moment for 13 months ever since we had our first summer camp back in July . It has been a very long road to get to this point, there have been a lot of obstacles in the way, and the players and staff are very deserving to be where they are. I have seen the effort put in by everyone to get here, but we know tomorrow is not going to be easy. We are excited for the challenge.”
- Head coach Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) on the effort to get to the gold medal game
“I wound up for a slap shot and was thinking about taking the shot, but I noticed [Mason] McTavish was open. I was glad he was able to hammer it home because he does not miss too many of those opportunities. Obviously I would love to score a bit more, and I felt like I was due for a goal heading in to tonight’s game, but I am happy to be contributing and hopefully there are still a few more goals to come tomorrow.”
- Johnson on his assist on McTavish’s goal and contributing on offence
“We were not completely satisfied with our second period, and we knew we need to have a stronger third period to finish off the game. I thought we cleaned up some things and played better in the third despite giving up a couple goals. Overall, we played well and it is an great feeling [to have a chance to play in the gold medal game]. Ever since my first year at World Juniors when we lost to the United States in the gold medal game, I have been waiting for this day to come. It is exciting to be in this moment, but we know the toughest test is still to come.”
- Garand on today’s game and playing in the gold medal game
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