WJC roundup: 2021 No. 1 pick Power scores hat trick in Canada win

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Sunday is the first day of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

 

Day 1 games

Canada 6, Czechia 3 — Owen Power (Buffalo Sabres) scored a hat trick to lead Canada in its first preliminary-round game in Group A at Rogers Place.

Power is the first Canada defenseman to score three goals in a game at the World Juniors.

Cole Perfetti (Winnipeg Jets) had three assists for Canada and Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) had a goal and an assist. Dylan Garand (New York Rangers) made 14 saves.

Michal Gut (2022 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for Czechia and Pavel Novak (Minnesota Wild) and Stanislav Svozil (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored. Jakub Malek (New Jersey Devils) made 30 saves.

McTavish gave Canada a 1-0 lead at 4:00 of the first period but Czechia scored the next three goals. Gut finished a 2-on-1 with Jakub Brabenec (Vegas Golden Knights) at 7:42, Novak scored a power-play goal at 11:32 and Svozil scored on the rush to make it 3-1 at 12:23.

Power scored from a sharp angle at 12:46 to make it 3-2, and Donovan Sebrango (Detroit Red Wings) tied the game 3-3 at 19:31.

Three straight penalties on Czechia in the second period led to consecutive back-to-back 5-on-3 power plays for Canada, and Power scored on both of them. He beat Malek on a one-timer to the short side from the right circle at 8:50 to make it 4-3, and then he got to the net and scored on the rebound of a McTavish shot to complete the hat trick at 10:15.

Olen Zellweger (Ducks) closed the scoring with a power-play goal at 13:22 of the third period.

Canada next plays Austria on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET). Czechia plays Germany on Monday (7 p.m. ET).

Sweden 6, Russia 3 — Emil Andrae (Philadelphia Flyers), Alexander Holtz (New Jersey Devils) and Simon Edvinsson (Detroit Red Wings) each had a goal and an assist in the first game of Group B, at WP Centrium in Red Deer.

Oskar Olausson (Colorado Avalanche), Theodor Niederbach (Red Wings) and Daniel Ljungman (Dallas Stars) also scored for Sweden. Jesper Wallstedt (Minnesota Wild) made 27 saves.

“I think we played well,” Edvinsson said. “We were pretty sharp and had a good mindset. The game had its ups and downs, but we were strong on defense and in front of their net as well. I think we did a good job.”

Matvei Michkov, a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, scored two goals for Russia, and Fedor Svechkov (Nashville Predators) scored. Yegor Guskov (2022 draft eligible) made five saves. He replaced Iaroslav Askarov (Predators), who made 13 saves on 16 shots in two periods.

“The game didn’t turn out the way we had hoped,” Michkov said. “But we will learn from it and be ready to play tomorrow because each game gets more important as the tournament goes on.”

Olausson scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 at 5:24 of the first period.

Edvinsson scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 2-0 at 7:39 of the second, and Andrae scored on a two-man advantage to give Sweden a 3-0 lead at 14:16.

Svechkov made it 3-1 at 16:28 of the second, but Holtz made it 4-1 with a 5-on-3 goal at 3:26 of the third.

Michkov got Russia within 4-3 with two goals in 41 seconds in the third. He was credited with a goal at 4:45 after a replay review showed his shot got past Wallstedt, and his backhand out of the corner went off the stick of Sweden’s William Eklund (San Jose Sharks) and over Wallstedt’s shoulder at 5:26.

Niederbach scored off the rush to make it 5-3 at 11:37 and Ljungman added an empty-net goal with 50 seconds remaining.

“I liked our competitiveness,” Sweden coach Tomas Monten said. “We scored six goals and I don’t think that we’re going to be a team that scores that much every game. I think most important for us is to play a good defensive game, play a grinding game. I think we skated with the Russians, but I think we kept our cool defensively.”

Sweden next plays Slovakia on Monday (9:30 p.m. ET). Russia plays Switzerland on Monday (4:30 p.m. ET).

Finland 3, Germany 1: Samuel Helenius (Los Angeles Kings) scored two goals for Finland in the Group A opener at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Brad Lambert, a top prospect for the 2022 NHL Draft, had two assists and Joel Maatta (2022 draft eligible) scored. Leevi Merilainen (Ottawa Senators) made 23 saves.

Lambert said what stood out was how good of a team game Finland played.

“Just how we stick together and the team atmosphere,” he said. “I think you can go a long way by just playing as a team and battling as a team, playing defense as a team and being just a tight five-man unit. I think that’s the biggest strength of the team.”

Luca Munzenberger (Edmonton Oilers) scored for Germany. Nikita Quapp (Carolina Hurricanes) made 19 saves.

“I think it was a good game from us,” Quapp said. “We were much better than the [pre-tournament] game against Slovakia [4-0 loss Thursday]. I think we had great breakouts, we had no real problem to get out of the zone. I think that’s the thing we can build on.”

Helenius cut through the crease to redirect a Lambert point shot at 12:52 of the first period to make it 1-0.

Munzenberger one-timed a rolling puck past Merilainen for a power-play goal to tie the game 1-1 at 3:27 of the second.

Maatta scored off the rebound a shot by Aleksei Heimosalmi (Carolina Hurricanes) to put Finland ahead 2-1 at 7:38 of the second.

Helenius drove to the net and tipped a Lambert centering pass in to make it 3-1 at 7:53 of the third.

Finland next plays against Austria on Monday (2 p.m. ET). Germany plays Czechia on Monday (7 p.m. ET).

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