Canada vs Czechia: Owen Power’s hat trick brings Canadians back from early scare to open 2022 World Juniors
Team Canada didn’t make the start they wanted – let alone planned – against Czechia on Sunday to kick off their race for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. However, that shaky start ultimately led to a timeout that helped Owen Power and the Canadiens turn the tide and ultimately secure a dominant victory to kick off Alberta.
After Mason McTavish put Canada on the board early, the Czechs rallied, using time and space to score three unanswered goals in minutes and take a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. Dave Cameron then called his team to the bench, and from that point on, Canada’s game was completely changed.
The defense tightened, leaving the Czech Republic with virtually no free time or space to work to get things done, and Canada pressed on and made the most of the power play.
In the end, it was a historic hat trick from Power in his WJC debut, along with three assists from Cole Perfetti and a multi-point exit from McTavish, which led Canada to a 6-point victory. -3 at Rogers Place. Power, the top pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, became the first defenseman in Team Canada history to score a hat trick at the World Juniors.
Sporting News kept track of all the action between Canada and Czechia during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday. Watch below for the full results of the preliminary round match.
Score Canada vs. Czechia
Canada vs Czechia results, 2022 World Juniors highlights
9:39 p.m. ET – FINAL: Canada overcame a two-goal deficit at the start and (Owen) Powers worked their way to a dominant 6-3 victory over Czechia to open their race to the World Juniors in Edmonton.
9:35 p.m. ET – Canada eliminated the penalty near the end of regulation time, and Justin Sourdif tried to generate pressure right out of the box.
9:34 p.m. ET – Much better defensive play for the Canadians here on the penalty kill and for the final 40 minutes. Canada is limiting Czechia’s time and also taking good care of the puck.
9:30 p.m. ET – Justin Deaf receives a scary interference call, sending Jiri Tichacek to the ice. Canada heads to the KP with 5:20 minutes left in the third.
9:29 p.m. ET – Xavier Bourgault heads for the locker room after taking a big hit from Stanislav Svozil.
9:27 p.m. ET – GOAL: Olen Zellweger jumps onto the blue line scoring train and picks the upper right corner near the end of the power play to give Canada a 6-3 lead with 6:38 left in regulation.
9:25 p.m. ET – Canada’s power play will work again, as Jiri Kulich leaves for hooking Owen Power.
9:20 p.m. ET – The Canadians were much more aware defensively and quicker on the back failure, and have given the Czechs next to nothing since that first six-goal period. Canada is currently 32-11 in shots on goal. Czechia only managed four shots in the last 30 minutes of play.
9:13 p.m. ET – Owen Power recovers a nice pass from Connor Bedard and continues his fourth of the night with a superb shot between the legs, but he does not beat Jakub Malek. It’s still 5-3.
9:10 p.m. ET – Justin Sourdif got involved early here, helping to spin the puck into the offensive zone and throw a big failure behind the net.
9:04 p.m. ET – Canada and the Czech Republic return for the last 20 minutes of regulation. The Canadians lead 5-3, and there is still no sign of David Jiricek, who left with an apparent lower-body injury after colliding with Will Cuylle.
8:46 p.m. ET – END OF SECOND: Two more Owen Power goals to complete the hat trick give Canada a 5-3 lead into the third period.
8:42 p.m. ET – This Perfetti-Wright-Bedard trio is getting noticed and performing well there. It didn’t take long for Connor Bedard to make his way into the top 6, and it is paying off.
8:38 p.m. ET – Canada dominated this second period and didn’t give the Czechs much time or space to do anything. The Canadians have limited the Czech Republic to just two shots this period and have so far dominated 22-9 in shots on goal. There are 5-3 left with only about five minutes to go.
8:29 p.m. ET – Owen Power pulled off the hat trick on his World Juniors debut, hitting the rebound up front to make it 5-3 on Canada’s extended power play. Cole Perfetti collects his third assist of the game on goal to start, and Mason McTavish also collects another point. The Canadians maintain the power play for 35 more seconds.
8:26 p.m. ET – Canada is wasting no time in taking advantage of the long two-man advantage. Owen Power completed a perfect passing game orchestrated by Cole Perfetti with a flare of a receiving shot for his second goal of the game to give the Canadiens a 4-3 lead. They stay on the power play 5 against 3 for 1 hour 30 minutes.
8:24 p.m. ET – The Canadians will have a big 5-on-3 power play over the next few minutes with Kent Johnson tripping Jan Mysak and Michal Hradek pushing Mason McTavish in front.
8:21 p.m. ET – Canada will go on the power play for the first time as Mason McTavish draws a hold penalty on a back failure by Jakub Sedivy.
8:19 p.m. ET – David Jiricek is injured and leaves the ice after a big collision with Will Cuylle.
8:17 p.m. ET – Kent Johnson and Mason McTavish do a great job of moving the puck into the offensive zone and winning those battles along the boards.
8:11 p.m. ET – Looks like Connor Bedard is skating on that front row with Cole Perfetti and Shane Wright. It’s a great opportunity for the 16-year-old, who heads for the net and already has an assist tonight.
8:09 p.m. ET – Canada and the Czech Republic are back for the second period, tied 3-3. The Canadians lead 10-7 in shots on goal.
7:50 p.m. ET – END OF FIRST: Donovan Sebrango’s tally tally with 29 seconds left in the opening period makes it a 3-3 hockey game before the second.
7:47 p.m. ET – GOAL: Everything is tied up with just 29 seconds to go into the opening frame. Connor Bedard hands the puck to Cole Perfetti, who sends it to Donovan Sebrango, who fires a quick shot past Jakub Malek to make it 3-3.
7:46 p.m. ET – Connor Bedard gets some good looks and produces some good scoring opportunities with Cole Perfetti and company with just over two minutes left in the opening frame. Canada is still behind 3-2.
7:37 p.m. ET – GOAL: It’s a crazy first period here, and as Canada swarms the net, Owen Power unleashes a left side shot and defeats Jakub Malek, who is up front to shoot Canada in just one second after Czechia have scored. took advantage of two prisons. It’s 3-2.
7:34 p.m. ET – GOAL: Stanislav Svozil pulled off a clearing play, slipping through his legs to beat Olen Zellweger before beating Dylan Garand on the short side to give Czechia a 3-1 lead less than a minute after his power-play goal. Canada took a time out with 7:37 left in the first.
7:33 p.m. ET – GOAL: Pavel Novak fires an absolute flare on a left circle landing shot coming off the post and giving Czechia a 2-1 power play lead with 8:28 left in the first.
7:32 p.m. ET – Canada will go shorthanded as Xavier Bourgault heads to the box for tripping Jiri Kulich in the defensive zone.
7:30 p.m. ET – Mason McTavish is absolutely flying the low. He takes great care of the puck, keeps the game alive and handles the puck with aplomb.
7:27 p.m. ET – Lukas Cormier jumps into the game and almost gives Canada the lead, but his shot goes off the crossbar. Excellent stick handling and vision on this game, but just a tough break. It’s always 1-1 at the start.
7:25 p.m. ET – GOAL: Czechia take a 2-1 break with Ronan Seeley catching the ice, and Jakub Brabenec back and forth with Michal Gut, who buries him in front of Dylan Garand. Upon examination, this is a good goal. This game is tied 1-1 with just over 10 minutes to go in the opening frame.
7:15 p.m. ET – GOAL: Mason McTavish has the puck on a rope and pulls off an incredible solo effort, going to his backhand to keep the puck away from Pavel Novak before passing a quick shot past Jakub Malek. It’s 1-0 for the Canadians. Incredible play and silky mittens from the Ducks prospect.
7:14 p.m. ET – Dylan Guenther with some good appearances at the start, including one coming out of the goal post. It’s always aimless, but Canada generates some pressure here from the start.
7:11 p.m. ET – The puck is dropped and Canada’s campaign for the World Juniors is officially underway.
6:56 p.m. ET – Looking at the big picture, Team Canada has a wealth of talent in the NHL and likely the top picks in aggregate for the next two years with Shane Wright and Connor Bedard, as well as the 2021 No. 1 selection and the Sabers prospect. by Buffalo Owen Power. Expect them to have an impact from the start.
6:02 p.m. ET – Team Canada announces its roster against Czechia, which includes 13 forwards, seven defenders and two goalkeepers. New York Rangers prospect Dylan Garand will start in goal for Canada, while New Jersey Devils’ fourth round Jakub Malek will get the nod for Czechia.
Connor Bedard is set to become the seventh 16-year-old to field them for Team Canada in World Juniors history and will debut as the team’s 13th forward on Sunday. The sensation has been part of the World Juniors roster after an outstanding performance in camp and impressive play at the WHL level, and he is well on his way to becoming possibly a future top pick in the overall standings.
5:05 p.m. ET – Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach gives the boys his best in Alberta.
Start time Canada vs Czechia
- Time: 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT
Canada vs. Czechia kicks off at 7 p.m. ET Sunday to open the World Juniors.
How to watch 2022 World Juniors hockey games
Canada vs. Czech Republic will be broadcast live on TSN in Canada with live broadcasts available through TSN.ca or the TSN app.
For viewers in the United States, NHL Network broadcasts all World Juniors games live while streaming is available on fuboTV (7-day free trial), or on the NHL app or on NHL.tv.
Canada vs Czech Republic odds
- Canada: -1250
- Czechia: +1700
Canada is a big favorite with the -1250 bets to beat Czechia in their preliminary game, according to Sports Interaction.
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2022 Canadian World Juniors Schedule
|December 26||Czechia||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|December 27||Austria||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|December 29||Germany||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|December 31st||Finland||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|January 2||Quarter-finals||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|January 4th||Semi finals||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|January 5||Bronze / Gold||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|