Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Schenn-Sational!!

Brandon Wheat Kings' centre Brayden Schenn joined some elite company on Wednesday night.

Schenn became just the third Canadian player to score four goals in a single game at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Canada's 10-1 victory over Norway.

Mario Lemieux against Norway in 1983 and Simon Gagne against Kazakhstan in 1999 are the other players to score four goals in a game.

"That's not bad company (to be in)," Schenn said after the game. "It was nice to score, but my teammates were there to set me up tonight and full credit to them."

Schenn also added an assist for his second straight five-point performance, giving him 12 points in three games at the WJC, all of them victories for Canada.

Oakbank product Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw) had a pair of assists in the contest while Winnipeg product Cody Eakin (Swift Current) was a late scratch for Team Canada.

There's conflicting reports about Eakin's injury. He apparently hurt his hand in Canada's game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, but was also bothered by a hip flexor and a knee injury prior to leaving for the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp.

Canada's next action is Friday (New Year's Eve) against Sweden in a game that'll likely decide top place in Pool B.

In other notes Wednesday...

- former Wheat King Toni Rajala had an assist in Finland's 5-1 victory over Germany on Wednesday. Rajala has three assist and three points in three games for the Finns, who are 2-0-1-0.

- Team West opened the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg on Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to Team Pacific. Wheat Kings' prospect Brendan Harms had one of the goals for Team West. Matt Dumba (Red Deer Rebels) led Team Pacific with three assists.

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