So what did we learn from Canada's 3-1 exhibition victory over Finland on Monday?
For starters, no Canadian player wore the 'C', although forwards Devante Smith-Pelly
and Jaden Schwartz
and defenseman Brandon Gormley
all wore the 'A'.
Team Canada received goals from Boone Jenner
(Columbus Blue Jackets
) of the Oshawa Generals, Mark Stone
) of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brendan Gallagher
) of the Vancouver Giants while goalie Mark Visentin
) of the Niagara IceDogs earned the victory behind 22 saves. The Canadians will next play Switzerland in a pre-tournament matchup on Thursday.
(Detroit Red Wings
) of Jokerit scored the lone goal for Finland.
Canada coach Don Hay had just 11 forwards to work with since wings Jonathan Huberdeau
(foot) and Quinton Howden
(concussion symptoms) were sidelined by injuries. As a result, Jenner and Michael Bournival
) of the Shawinigan Cataractes played both center and on the wing during the game.
"I thought we were a little bit nervous at the start," Hay said. "I thought we stuck with it and got better. That's a real good sign. I thought Mark Visentin
played really solid for us and as the game went on, he made some real big saves for us."
Canada was held scoreless on four power-play chances while the Finns scored a power-play goal on their only opportunity in the game after defenseman Ryan Murray (2012 draft eligible) was whistled for interference at 14:01 of the first period. Murray would atone for the penalty when he assisted on Jenner's game-tying goal 6:16 into the second. Stone converted feeds from Schwartz and Freddie Hamilton
at the 12:35 mark of the second to give Canada a 2-1 edge.
Gallagher's goal came off a feed from Michael Bournival
with 1:39 left in the third.
Germany earned promotion to the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia, by winning the second-tier men's junior championship.
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