Despite some strong performances, Vancouver Canucks prospects fell just a bit short in the World Junior Championship, while BC natives took the cake, or in this case, the Gold Medal.
British Columbians stood tall as Team Canada won the WJC Gold Medal Game 3-2 in overtime over Finland. Kamloops native Logan Stankoven found Port Moody’s Kent Johnson for the golden goal at 3:20 of OT. It also meant victory for netminder Dylan Garand, a Victoria native who made 29 saves for the win.
The winning goal came just moments after Canadian captain and tournament Most Valuable Player Mason McTavish knocked the puck out of midair and then swept it off his own goal line to prevent what would have been the game winning tally for Finland.
North Vancouver’s Connor Bedard, the projected number-one pick for the 2023 NHL Draft, played a whopping 25:10 in the game and finished with four shots on goal.
The Canadians will have a chance to defend their title in just four months when the 2023 World Juniors crank up in December in The Maritimes.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 21, 2022
Vancouver Canucks 3rd-round selection from 2020 Joni Jurmo ended up with a silver medal for Finland. The defenceman played 16:34 in the final against Canada.
Jonathan Lekkerimaki, the Canucks 2022 15th-overall draft pick, won a bronze medal with Sweden in their 3-1 win over the Czech Republic.
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