Hockey World Junior Championship: Kent Johnson scores golden goal

Hockey World Junior Championship: Kent Johnson scores golden goal

EDMONTON | Canada is junior world champion. In as dramatic an ending as possible, Kent Johnson settled the debate in extra time to allow ECJ to win 3-2.

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Johnson capitalized on a big play from linemate Logan Stankoven, who had drawn two defenders before handing him the puck. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect’s first shot was saved by goalkeeper Juha Jatkola but the Canadian winger grabbed his return to cause hysteria at Rogers Place.

Seconds earlier, the Finns had been within millimeters of finishing the game but Mason McTavish had pulled off a miracle by stopping the puck, in midair, just before it crossed the goal line, before clearing it from goalkeeper Dyland Garand’s half circle. . . A game that will be recorded among the great moments of the Junior World Cup, without a doubt.


“It’s an extremely tough tournament to win over the holidays, but to see this group agree to come here despite everything surrounding Hockey Canada and the fact that seven or eight players have decided not to come, it takes a huge commitment. I have Lots of love and admiration for this club and my entire squad. It’s a really good feeling,” said head coach Dave Cameron after the game.

It is the fourth gold medal in eight years for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, following titles in 2015 in Toronto, 2018 in Buffalo and 2020 in Ostrava, Czechia.

Note that World Juniors has not seen any other winners besides Canada, Finland and the United States in the last ten years.


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The last time another team won the tournament was in 2012 when Sweden beat Russia in the tournament held in Calgary and Edmonton.

START IN LEO

Canada was a first steamroller. Dave Cameron’s team started the match in style, ahead of the Finns, who could do nothing but defend themselves. Finland needed more than 12 minutes before directing a first shot into the net from Dylan Garand.

Roy opened the scoring for Canada midway through the first half when he converted Mason McTavish’s return shot to score his third goal of the tournament and set a packed Rogers Place hysteria for the first time in the competition.


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Then Dufour added from the first moments of the second half. The big Quebec striker fired a powerful wrist shot from the top of the circles using defender Joni Jurmo as a screen. Goalkeeper Juha Jatkola saw nothing but fire.

Assisting on Dufour’s goal, his second of the game, McTavish joined Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros in a tie for the second most points in a tournament by a player from Canada, with 17. The record for all times of 18 still belongs to Dale. McCourt (1977) and Brayden Schenn (2011).

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

ECJ then had all the opportunities in the world to drive the final nail into Finland’s coffin, enjoying no fewer than seven power plays in the final two periods of play, failing to capitalize on any of them.

And the Finns took advantage of it.


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Defender Aleksi Heimosalmi first closed the Canadians’ gap early in the third period with a shot from the top of the circles that went past everyone to finish behind Dylan Garand.

Tyson Foerster then had the knockout goal on the end of the paddle, but goalkeeper Jatkola stole it with his glove.

Then what had to happen happened: by dint of pressing on Canadian soil, the Finns managed to create equality when Joakim Kemell scored his fourth goal of the tournament with a powerful shot after receiving Topi Niemela’s pass.

MCTAVISH OUTSTANDING PLAYER With 17 points in the tournament, Mason McTavish was named the tournament’s best forward and the competition’s most valuable player.

He does not. Canada’s number 23 was also, of course, included in the World Junior All-Star Team along with Joakim Kemell (Finland), Jan Mysak (Czech Republic), Olen Zellweger (Canada), Emil Andrae (Sweden) and Jesper Wallstedt (Sweden). .

The World Junior Championships will return to Canadian soil next December, when the tournament takes place in Halifax and Moncton.

First period

1-CAN: Joshua Roy (3)(McTavish) 11:18

Penalties: none

Second period

2-CAN: William Dufour (3)(Zellweger McTavish) 0:41

Penalties: Rafkin (End) 2:07, Kapanen (End) 9:03, Rafkin (End) 11:10, Raty (End) 15:40, Viro (End) 19:14

Third period

3-END: Aleksi Heimosalmi (1)(Viro, Maenpaa) 4:09
4-FINS: Joakim Kemell (4)(Niemela, Liukas) 10:46

Penalties: Kapanen (Fin) 13:13, Zellweger (Can) 14:18, Puutio (Fin) 15:21

Extension

5-CAN: Kent Johnson (3)(Stankoven) 3:20

Penalties: none

net shot

CANADA 10 – 9 – 10 – 4 – 33 FINLAND 9 – 4 – 17 – 1 – 31

Guardians:

CAN: Dylan Garand (W, 6-0) FIN: Juha Jatkola (L, 2-1)

Numerical advantages:

CAN: 0 to 7, FIN: 0 to 1

Referees:

Sean Fernandez, Christopher Holm

line judges:

Andreas Hofer Cody Huseby

ATTENDANCE:

13,327


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