Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Schenn Spectacular...and other Random Thoughts

Brandon Wheat Kings' centre Brayden Schenn had a huge game in helping Canada to a 7-2 victory over the Czech Republic this afternoon at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo.

Schenn scored Canada's first goal and added four assists in the contest and was named Canada's Player of the Game.

The Saskatoon product now has two goals and seven points in two games at the WJC, giving him the tournament's scoring lead.

Winnipeg product Cody Eakin of the Swift Current Broncos also scored for Canada while Oakbank product Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors was held off the scoresheet.

Next up for Canada is a game against Norway on Wednesday night.

Here's some other thoughts from this afternoon's contest...

- amazingly, TSN threw up the bio information on Quinton Howden during the telecast with his hometown (Oakbank) spelled incorrectly.

- a lot of discussion about the Kassian hit, but the clincher for me was how late it was, 2-3 seconds after the Czech player lost control of the puck.

- I find it somewhat interesting to read some of the reaction when a hit like Kassian's occurs. However, as Emerson Etem found out earlier this week, one has to be careful what one tweets on Twitter. For example, here's a good one this afternoon from an employee within the Canadian Hockey League that, obviously, forgot that 7-8 per cent of the CHL's players come from outside Canada and the U.S.

Good ole North American player would have scraped himself off the ice and tried to skate to the bench

- Bad timing award goes to TSN, who showed the Zack Kassian "Playing with an edge" Nike commercial during the third period of today's game, 30-45 minutes after he had been tossed from the game!

- Brand new information I found out this afternoon...it's important to stay hydrated when participating in athletic competition! Who knew?

- former Wheat King Toni Rajala had an assist in Finland's 4-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

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