N.A. Juniors Game Night: 5/15
Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1 (Memorial Cup Round Robin)
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 12 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-25-45, +10, 32 PIM
Donâ€™t let the final score fool you, if not for Rimouski goaltender Maxim Gougeon, the Rockets could have picked up where Drummondville left off and put a snowman on the Oceanic. Rimouski was outshot 42-20, including 17-8 in the first period where it looked like Kelowna was running offensive drills in the Oceanic zone. Tyler Myers (Sabres) had a goal and two assists in the game and was rather dominant. When that prospect fills out, he may be among the most dominant at the next level, too. Tyson Barrie, son of Lightning owner Len Barrie, also had a good game and showed a quick stick and decision making in his own zone to go with his offensive prowess. At one point the Sportsnet broadcasters mentioned speaking with scouts who say Tampa Bay early in the second round is a likely destination for Barrie at this summerâ€™s draft.
As for the Lightningâ€™s current prospect in the tournament, Cunti was arguably Rimouskiâ€™s most dangerous player, creating a half-dozen scoring chances â€“ a couple of which were Grade A. For an excellent write-up on Cuntiâ€™s performance, see Peteâ€™s blog post on the subject.
Johan Harju had three shots on goal in 13:27 as Sweden defeated Team USA 4-2 to capture World Championships bronze. Harju finishes the tournament with 2 goals and 4 points in 9 games with 4 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. Harju averaged 14:26 of ice time per game.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis were scoreless as Canada fell to Russia 2-1 in the World Championships gold medal match. Stamkos and St. Louis will take home silver medals for their efforts in Switzerland. Canada outshot the Russians 38-17 but could not solve Ilya Bryzlagov to get the tying marker. Stamkos had 5 shots on goal in 14:56 for the Canadians. St. Louis had 2 shots in 21:05.
Both St. Louis and Stamkos were named by the media to the Tournament All-Star team. Martin St. Louis also was selected as one of Canada's three best players in the tournament by the tournament's coaches.
In the final ranking, Russia finished 1st (Koshechkin), Canada finished 2nd (St. Louis and Stamkos), Sweden 3rd (Harju), Finland 5th (Niskala and Ramo), and Latvia 7th (Karsums).
Vasily Koshechkin did not dress as a late third period power play goal by Konstantin Gorovikov propelled Russia over Team USA 3-2.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had helpers on Canada's opening goal as the Canadians defeated Sweden 3-1. Stamkos was +1, but did not register a shot on goal in 13:28. St. Louis also failed to register a shot on goal in 15:39. Johan Harju had 1 shot on goal in 15:00 of ice time for the Swedes.
Sunday, Sweden will face USA in the bronze medal match before Canada and Russia square off in the championship game.
Steven Stamkos had 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 shots on goal in 8:33 as Canada defeated Latvia 4-2. Martin St. Louis was scoreless and -1 for the Canadians with 4 shots on goal. Martins Karsums did not suit up for Latvia.
Johan Harju had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal in 13:12 as Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 3-1.
Tomorrow's semifinal matchups set up as follows: Vasily Koshechkin's Russian squad will take on Team USA and Canada will face Sweden. Martin St. Louis leads the tournament in scoring with 4 goals and 14 points in 7 games. Steven Stamkos is tied for the tournament lead in goals with Finland's Niko Kapanen with 7 in 7 games.