Team Canada opened defense of its gold medal at the world junior hockey championship with a 5-1 win over Finland on Monday.
Dustin Boyd led the host team with two goals. Canadian captain Kyle Chipchura and David Bolland also scored, while CBJ draft pick Kris Russell added an assist with a +2 rating and was on the ice for three of Team Canada’s five goals scored.
Russell, a defenseman for Team Canada was Columbus’ third round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Goaltender Justin Pogge made16 saves as Canada out-shot Finland, 31-17. Canada will return to action facing Switzerland on Wednesday and Norway on Thursday.
Forward Petr Pohl, playing for the Czech Republic, scored 2-0-2 with a +1 rating in Czech Republic's 5-1 win over Latvia last night, including the insurance goal to take the game from 2-1 to 3-1 midway through the second period.
Pohl, joined the Blue Jackets' organization as Columbus’ fifth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Czech Republic will return to action on Dec. 28 vs. Sweden, then play Dec. 30 vs. Slovakia and Dec. 31 vs. Russia. In other WJC action, the US defeated Norway, 11-2 and Russia upended Sweden, 5-1.
There are 10 teams in the tournament and the top three in each pool advance to the playoff round. The top team in each group earns a bye past the quarter-final. Schedule/results from the World Junior Championships.