Mark
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December 28, 2021

Bedard dominates on third day of World Juniors

Connor Bedard isn’t messing around.

Neither was Canada.

Canada, on the strength of Bedard’s four-goal outing, moved to 2-0 in the tournament with a lopsided win against Austria.

In the only game of the 2022 World Juniors on Tuesday, Bedard set a new record becoming the youngest Canadian player to record a hat trick as part of a four-goal game in Canada’s 11-2 win against Austria. He also tied Canada’s single-game goal record set by Mario Lemieux in 1983 — and equalled four times before Bedard’s onslaught.

Bedard had a natural hat-trick, pushing Canada’s lead from 3-0 to 6-0, before tying the four-goal mark in the third period.

It was the only game played after Team USA forfeited to Switzerland after two players returned positive COVID-19 tests.

The next 24 hours will be crucial for the rest of Team USA, as those players need to produce two consecutive negative tests in order to be eligible to play the next scheduled game, set for Wednesday versus Team Sweden.

Here’s who stood out on the first day of the World Juniors:

THREE STARS OF THE DAY

THIRD STAR: MASON MCTAVISH (CAN)

Mason McTavish has already seen time in the NHL, AHL and OHL this year and continued his strong play for Canada at the World Juniors by recording two goals and adding one assist on the third day at the World Juniors. He now has five points (three goals, two assists) in two games. McTavish registered his two goals only 47 seconds apart to put the Canadian team up 10-1 in the third, solidifying their victory. He also displayed the physical part of his game by throwing his weight around and winning important puck battles along the wall. 

SECOND STAR: COLE PERFETTI (CAN)

Cole Perfetti had another impressive three-point night (one goal, two assists), his second in as many games. His six points (one goal, five assists) through two games, pace both Canada and tournament as a whole. Perfetti helped open up the scoring by making a beautiful cross ice pass to set up Kent Johnson for a one timer on the power play. He then scored a goal in tight from a nice pass from Mavrik Bourque in the third period. Perfetti was buzzing around all game and could have added to his point lead if not for the fantastic goaltending of Leon Sommer from Austria. 

FIRST STAR: CONNOR BEDARD (CAN)

Connor Bedard was the first Canadian 16-year-old to record a hat trick since Wayne Gretzky did it all the way back in 1978. Not to be outdone, Bedard then tied a Canadian record by scoring another goal in the third period on a nice tip in from a shot by Will Cuylle. His four goals in one game put him in elite company with such names as Mario Lemieux, Simon Gagne, and Brayden Schenn, amongst others. A potential highlight of the night goal from Bedard came on the power play in the second period when he made a fantastic toe drag move on one of the Austrian defenders in the high slot to then rifle a shot glove side into the top corner. 

Honorable Mentions: Leon Sommer (AUS), Elliot Desnoyers (CAN), Ronan Seeley (CAN)

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Austrian goaltender Leon Sommer had himself a game in a 11-2 loss against a powerhouse Canadian team. Sommer kept the score relatively low considering he faced 64 shots. One in particular that stood out is when Bedard picked up a loose puck at the top of the circle and made an incredible move through his legs to deke around a defender, then fire a hard shot glove side, only to be denied by Sommer with an amazing flash of the leather that surely prevented a goal.

Leaderboard

RNK NAME POS COUNTRY TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1 Cole Perfetti F CAN WPG 2 1 5 6 0
2 Connor Bedard F CAN 2023 2 4 1 5 0
3 McTAVISH Mason F CAN ANA 2 3 2 5 0
3 Owen Power D CAN BUF 2 3 2 5 0
5 Brad Lambert F FIN 2022 2 1 4 5 0
6 Samuel Helenius F FIN LAK 2 3 1 4 2
7 Ville Koivunen F FIN CAR 2 2 2 4 0
8 Matvei Michkov F RUS 2023 2 3 0 3 0
9 Alexander Blank F GER 2 2 1 3 0
10 Mavrik Bourque F CAN DAL 2 1 2 3 0
10 Simon Edvinsson D SWE DET 2 1 2 3 4
10 Joel Maatta F FIN 2 1 2 3 4
13 Elliot Desnoyers F CAN PHI 2 0 3 3 0
13 William Eklund F SWE SJS 2 0 3 3 0
13 Helge Grans D SWE LAK 2 0 3 3 0

FCHockey’s Three Stars

December 28: First: Connor Bedard (CAN); Second: Cole Perfetti (CAN); Third: Mason McTavish (CAN).
December 27: First: Jesper Wallstedt (SWE); Second: Ville Koivunen (FIN); Third: Brad Lambert (FIN).
December 26:
First: Owen Power (CAN); Second: Brad Lambert (FIN); Third: Matvei Michkov (RUS).

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