COLUMBUS, OHIO – Blue Jackets prospect Steve Mason made 22 saves to lead Canada to a 2-0 win over Slovakia 2-0 today at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships Tournament being held in the Czech Republic. The win marked the first time Canada has started the tournament with back-to-back shutout wins.
Mason, 19, was the Blue Jackets' second pick, 69th overall, at the 2006 Entry Draft. He plays for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and has posted a 19-4-3 record with a 2.79 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 26 games this season. He was the OHL's Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 when he went 45-13-4 with a 3.20 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 62 games with the Knights.
After opening the tournament with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Canada will have a day off Friday before facing Sweden in its next game on Saturday. Mason is joined by fellow Blue Jackets prospect Stefan Legein on the Team Canada roster, while the club's 2007 first round pick Jakub Voracek plays for the Czech Republic.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Nashville Predators. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
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