Canucks Daily: USA Shocked!, Other Prospects Move On

The Vancouver Canucks prospects and the local BC players we’re following had mixed results in the quarterfinals of the World Junior Championship on Wednesday in Edmonton. The big shock, the defending champion, the American team, was rebounded by the Czech Republic 4-2 at the end of the match.

The Czech Republic played a disciplined defensive and goalkeeping game Tomas Suchanek made 28 saves as the Americans fell behind in a flat second period and never recovered. The last time the Czechs beat the Americans, Petr Mrazek was in goal eleven years ago in the preliminary round of the 2012 championship, also in a game played in Edmonton.

2020 Vancouver Canucks 5th round draft pick, defenseman Jacob Truscott played just over 12 minutes and had a shot on goal in the losing effort. There were only 739 spectators present for the match.

The Czechs will face the Canadians in a semi-final on Friday. The Canadians advanced with a 6-3 win over Switzerland.

Logan Stankoven of Kamloops was the big scorer of this game, collecting two goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Dylan Garanda Victoria native, who played junior hockey with Stankoven in Kamloops with the Blazers, picked up the win in goal making 23 saves.

Kent Johnson of Port Moody had a rough day in focus, wasting five of six face-off opportunities, but otherwise contributed well. The 5th overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets last summer had one assist, five shots on goal and finished with a plus-2 differential.

North Vancouver Connor Bedard had a statistically quiet game with a shot on goal in 17:53 of ice time. His only close count went through the Swiss goaltender in the 3rd period, only for the puck to be cleared off the goal line by a defender.

Canucks 2022 NHL 1st Round Draft Pick Jonathan Lekkerimaki and the Swedish team beat Latvia 2-1 in the second game of the day to advance to the semi-finals against Finland. Lekkerimaki finished with a shot on goal in the first period and 12:05 of total ice time for the game.

In the previous game, the 2020 Vancouver Canucks 3rd round draft selection Joni Jurmo and Team Finland edged Germany 5-2 to qualify. The left-handed defenseman also had a shot on goal in the first period and finished plus-1 in 17:09 from TOI.

Next set of groups

With the postponed 2022 WJC being played in August, that means we only have to wait four months before we start all over again with the 2023 World Junior Championships in the Maritimes starting in December. On Wednesday, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) established the groups.

Canada, Sweden, Czechia, Germany and Austria will face off in Group A in Halifax while the United States, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia will form Group B and play in the Center Avenir in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Success of Lady’s Shoot-out

It was a double whammy for the Team Canada women’s program Wednesday in Calgary. Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team beat the United States 6-5 after a seven-round shootout. In the match that followed, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team also used a shootout to beat the United States 4-3.

Jordan Baxter of New Westminster and Morgana Jackson de Courtenay both provided early assists. Both sets of games continue Thursday.

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