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Canada vs. Czechia results: Owen Power’s hat trick leads Canadians back from early scare to open 2022 World Juniors

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Team Canada didn’t get off to the start it wanted — let alone expected — against Czechia on Sunday to open their 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship run. However, that shaky start ultimately led to a timeout that helped Owen Power and the Canadians turn the tide and eventually secure a dominant victory to kick things off in Alberta.

After Mason McTavish got Canada on the board early, the Czechs rallied back, taking advantage of time and space to score three unanswered goal in a matter of minutes and take a 3-1 lead in the opening frame. Dave Cameron then called his team to the bench, and from that point on, Canada’s game changed completely.

The defense tightened up, not allowing Czechia pretty much any free time or space to work with to get things going, and Canada piled on the pressure 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 outing from McTavish, that led Canada to a 6-3 win at Rogers Place. Power, the NHL’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 2021, became the first defenseman in Team Canada’s history to score a hat trick at the World Juniors.

Sporting News kept track of all the action between Canada vs. Czechia in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday. Look below for complete results from the preliminary round game.

Canada vs. Czechia score

  1 2 3 OT F
Canada 3 2 1 6
Czechia 3 0 0 3

Canada vs. Czechia results, highlights from 2022 World Juniors

Third Period

9:39 p.m. ET – FINAL: Canada overcomes an early two-goal deficit and (Owen) Powers their way to a dominant 6-3 victory over Czechia to open their World Juniors run in Edmonton.

9:35 p.m. ET – Canada kills off the penalty near the end of regulation, and Justin Sourdif tries to generate pressure right away out of the box.

9:34 p.m. ET – Much better defensive play for the Canadians here on the penalty kill and through these final 40 minutes. Canada is limiting Czechia’s time and taking good care of the puck as well. 

9:30 p.m. ET – Justin Sourdif takes a scary interference call, sending Jiri Tichacek down to the ice. Canada heads to the PK with 5:20 minutes remaining in the third.

9:29 p.m. ET – Xavier Bourgault heads to the locker room after taking a big hit from Stanislav Svozil.

9:27 p.m. ET – GOAL: Olen Zellweger hops on the blue line scoring train and picks the top 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 go to work again, as Jiri Kulich will go off for hooking Owen Power.

9:20 p.m. ET – The Canadians have been much more aware defensively and quicker on the backcheck, and have not allowed the Czechs pretty much anything since that six-goal first period. Right now, Canada is up 32-11 in shots on goal. Czechia has managed just four shots in the last 30 minutes of play.

9:13 p.m. ET – Owen Power picks up a nice pass from Connor Bedard and goes for his fourth of the night with a great between-the-legs shot, but it doesn’t beat Jakub Malek. It’s still 5-3.

9:10 p.m. ET – Justin Sourdif getting involved early here, helping cycle the puck in the offensive zone and dishing a big check behind the net.

9:04 p.m. ET – Canada and Czechia return for the final 20 minutes of regulation. The Canadians lead 5-3, and there’s still no sign of David Jiricek, who left with an apparent lower-body injury after colliding with Will Cuylle.

Second Period

8:46 p.m. ET – END OF THE SECOND: Two more goals from Owen Power to complete the hat trick puts Canada up 5-3 heading into the third period.

8:42 p.m. ET – That Perfetti-Wright-Bedard trio is making itself prominent and working well out there. It didn’t take long for Connor Bedard to work his way into the top-6 rotation, and it’s paying off.

8:38 p.m. ET – Canada has been dominating this second period and hasn’t given the Czechs much time or space to do anything. The Canadians have limited Czechia to just two shots this period and are dominating 22-9 in shots on goal so far. It remains 5-3 with just around five minutes left in the frame.

8:29 p.m. ET – Owen Power picks up the hat trick in his World Juniors debut, striking on the rebound in front to make it 5-3 on Canada’s extended power play. Cole Perfetti picks up his third assist of the game on the goal to boot, and Mason McTavish also picks up another point. The Canadians stay on the man advantage for 35 more seconds.

8:26 p.m. ET – Canada wastes no time taking advantage of the lengthy two-man advantage. Owen Power completes a picture-perfect passing play orchestrated by Cole Perfetti with a rocket of a one-timer for his second goal of the game to put the Canadians up 4-3. They remain on the 5-on-3 power play for 1:30.

8:24 p.m. ET – The Canadians will go to a big 5-on-3 power play for the next couple of minutes with Kent Johnson drawing a tripping call on Jan Mysak and Michal Hradek pushing down Mason McTavish in front.

8:21 p.m. ET – Canada will go to the power play for the first time as Mason McTavish draws a holding penalty on a backchecking Jakub Sedivy.

8:19 p.m. ET – David Jiricek goes down with an injury and leaves the ice after a big collision with Will Cuylle.

8:17 p.m. ET – Kent Johnson and Mason McTavish are doing a great job at moving the puck in the offensive zone and winning those battles along the boards.

8:11 p.m. ET – Looks like Connor Bedard is skating on that top line with Cole Perfetti and Shane Wright. It’s a big opportunity for the 16-year-old, who is driving to the net and already has an assist tonight.

8:09 p.m. ET – Canada and Czechia are back for the second period, tied 3-3. The Canadians lead 10-7 in shots on goal.

First Period

7:50 p.m. ET – END OF THE FIRST: Donovan Sebrango’s game-tying tally with 29 seconds left in the opening period makes it a 3-3 hockey game heading into the second.

7:47 p.m. ET – GOAL: It’s all tied up with just 29 seconds to go in the opening frame. Connor Bedard gets the puck to Cole Perfetti, who sends it over to Donovan Sebrango, who fires a quick shot past Jakub Malek to make it 3-3.

7:46 p.m. ET – Connor Bedard gets a couple of good looks and produces a couple of good scoring opportunities with Cole Perfetti and company with just over two minutes left to go in the opening frame. Canada still trails 3-2.

7:37 p.m. ET – GOAL: It’s a wild first period here, and with Canada swarming the net, Owen Power takes a shot from the left side and beats Jakub Malek, who’s down in front to pull Canada within one just seconds after Czechia took a two-jail advantage. It’s 3-2.

7:34 p.m. ET – GOAL: Stanislav Svozil pulls off a highlight-reel play, going between the legs to beat Olen Zellweger before beating Dylan Garand short side to give Czechia a 3-1 lead less than a minute after their power-play goal. Canada takes a timeout with 7:37 left in the first.

7:33 p.m. ET – GOAL: Pavel Novak fires an absolute rocket off a one-timer from the left circle that goes off the post and in to give Czechia a 2-1 lead on the power play with 8:28 left in the first.

7:32 p.m. ET – Canada will go on the penalty kill 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 out there. He is taking tremendous care of the puck, keeping the play alive and handling the puck with aplomb.

7:27 p.m. ET – Lukas Cormier jumps up in the play and almost restores the lead for Canada, but his shot goes off the crossbar. Great stickhandling and vision on that play, but just a tough break. It’s still 1-1 early on.

7:25 p.m. ET – GOAL: Czechia goes on a 2-on-1 break with Ronan Seeley caught up ice, and Jakub Brabenec goes on a give-and-go with Michal Gut, who buries it past Dylan Garand. After review, it’s 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 string and pulls off an incredible solo effort, going to his backhand to keep the puck away from Pavel Novak before wiring a quick shot past Jakub Malek. It’s 1-0 for the Canadians. Amazing play and silky mitts from the Ducks prospect.

7:14 p.m. ET – Dylan Guenther with a couple of good looks early, including one that goes off the goal post. It’s still scoreless, but Canada generating some pressure here early on.

7:11 p.m. ET – The puck is dropped, and Canada’s World Juniors campaign is officially underway.

Pregame

6:56 p.m. ET – Looking at the big picture, Team Canada has a wealth of NHL talent and likely the next two year’s first overall picks in Shane Wright and Connor Bedard, along with 2021 No. 1 selection and Buffalo Sabres prospect Owen Power. Expect them to make an impact from the get-go.

6:02 p.m. ET – Team Canada announces its lineup against Czechia, which features 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. New York Rangers prospect Dylan Garand will start in net for Canada, while New Jersey Devils fourth-rounder Jakub Malek will get the nod for Czechia.

Connor Bedard is set to become the seventh 16-year-old to lace ’em up for Team Canada in World Juniors history and will start as the team’s 13th forward on Sunday. The sensation made the World Juniors roster after a standout performance at camp and impressive play at the WHL level, and he is well on his way to likely being a future first-overall pick.

5:05 p.m. ET – Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach sends his best to the boys back home in Alberta.

Canada vs. Czechia start time

  • Time: 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

Canada vs. Czechia is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday to open the World Juniors.

How to watch 2022 World Juniors hockey games

Canada vs. Czechia will be broadcast live on TSN in Canada with live streams available via TSN.ca or the TSN app.

For viewers in the United States, NHL Network carries all World Juniors games live while streaming is available on fuboTV (7-day free trial), or on the NHL App or at NHL.tv.

Canada vs. Czechia odds

  • Canada: -1250
  • Czechia: +1700

Canada is a heavy -1250 betting favorite to beat Czechia in their preliminary game, according to Sports Interaction.

LIVE ODDS TO WIN 2022 WORLD JUNIORS

Canada World Juniors schedule 2022

Date Opponent TV info
Dec. 26 Czechia 7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
Dec. 27 Austria 7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
Dec. 29 Germany 7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
Dec. 31 Finland 7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals TBD (TSN, NHLN)
Jan. 4 Semifinals TBD (TSN, NHLN)
Jan. 5 Bronze/Gold TBD (TSN, NHLN)



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Chelsea and Liverpool prove Premier League excitement, even if title is a foregone conclusion

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LONDON — Manchester City have shown themselves to be in a league of their own, so the Premier League should be thankful that Chelsea and Liverpool are still able to keep us all entertained. Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge helped neither team and only consolidated City’s vice-like grip on the top spot, but football is about jeopardy, risk and overcoming flaws, and when it all comes together, you get an unforgettable game like this one.

Even before City moved 11 points clear at the top of table with a 2-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday, this second-versus-third clash was always a case of both sides needing to win to maintain faint hopes of catching Pep Guardiola’s winning machine. City’s win at the Emirates was their 11th successive Premier League victory and they have all been won with such monotonous ease, scoring 33 goals and conceding just seven, that every three points is now met with little more than a shrug of inevitability.

Barring an unlikely collapse in the second half of the season, City will win a fourth league title in five years and you will struggle to count on the fingers of one hand the times they have had to dig deep into their reserves to overcome adversity during that period. Guardiola has built one of the all-time great teams in English football history during his six years at the Etihad, but they may simply be too good to contribute to games like this one.

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Chelsea and Liverpool gave us such a pulsating encounter because they both have weaknesses that can be exploited by their opponents. And as a result, they both had to take risks in an attempt to secure a crucial victory.

And they also had to go into the game with unwanted distractions hovering over both clubs.

Chelsea, with three wins from their past eight in the league, were without £97.5 million striker Romelu Lukaku, dropped by coach Thomas Tuchel because of an outspoken interview about his failure to impress so far at Stamford Bridge since returning to the club from Internazionale in the summer. And Liverpool were without manager Jurgen Klopp, goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joel Matip and forward Roberto Firmino — all isolating because of COVID-19.

City, in contrast, have enjoyed a remarkably serene run of successes since losing to Crystal Palace in October, which is why they are free-rolling to another title. But the Premier League is regarded as the most exciting in world football because of games like this, and teams like Chelsea and Liverpool and the drama they create.

From the first minute, when Sadio Mane was fortunate to escape a red card for appearing to strike Cesar Azpilicueta in the face with an elbow after just 14 seconds, the game was incident-packed. Azpilicueta later said it was a “clear red card” when interviewed after the game.

Christian Pulisic, playing centrally in the absence of Lukaku, wasted a golden chance to open the scoring on seven minutes when, with only stand-in keeper Caoimhin Kelleher to beat, he was indecisive and allowed the youngster to smother the ball. It proved a costly miss when, two minutes later, Mane took advantage of his lucky escape from a sending off by pouncing on a mistake by Trevoh Chalobah to score.

Chelsea were in disarray and Liverpool looked like the team that won the title in 2019. When Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 on 26 minutes with a stunning near-post finish after gliding past Marcos Alonso, it seemed as though Liverpool were about to give Chelsea the kind of hammering they inflicted on Manchester United during a 5-0 rout at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Liverpool were unable to score a third, though, and two Chelsea goals in the space of three minutes at the end of the first half turned the game on its head.

When Kelleher punched Alonso’s in-swinging free kick clear on 42 minutes, the keeper looked to have done well to deny the Chelsea defender. But the ball dropped the Mateo Kovacic on the edge of the penalty area and, as he was backpedaling, the midfielder somehow guided a volley beyond Kelleher and into the net. It was a spectacular display of technique by the former Real Madrid player and it gave Chelsea a foothold back into the game.

And it took them just three minutes to score the equaliser when Pulisic atoned for his earlier miss by latching onto N’Golo Kante‘s pass before beating Kelleher with a precise left-foot shot past the Republic of Ireland international. As the chaos continued on the pitch, Mason Mount almost put Chelsea 3-2 up in first-half stoppage time with a scuffed volley that bounced just wide of the post.

When a game is so eventful in the first half, it rarely delivers a second half of the same quality because of coaches plugging the holes that had led to the earlier excitement. But while the goals stopped flowing, the entertainment didn’t.

Salah forced a crucial save from Edouard Mendy with a 25-yard lob on 57 minutes and Mane was also denied by the Chelsea keeper. Kelleher, not to be outdone, then produced a stunning save to prevent Pulisic from scoring his second of the game.

In total, there were 25 chances over the 90 minutes, with both sides registering six on target. Neither could find a winner, though.

“For the outside world it was quite a good game to watch, but we came here for three points and didn’t get them,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said.

Even if one team had done enough to claim all three points, it’s difficult to imagine they would have been able to close the gap on City, who are destined for another title. And the challenge facing both chasing clubs only grows more daunting in the next month, with Salah (Egypt), Mendy and Mane (both Senegal) now heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

But the Premier League still knows how to excite, even if the title is already a foregone conclusion.

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Doncaster’s Lightning Novices’ Chase could be next on the agenda for Do Your Job following his creditable effort in defeat at Kempton over the festive period.

Runner-up to My Drogo and Belfast Banter in Grade Two and Grade One novice hurdles in the spring, Michael Scudamore’s stable star made a successful start to his chasing career at Warwick in November.

The eight-year-old fell at the eighth fence when stepped up in class for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, but bounced back to finish second to Edwardstone in the Wayward Lad last week.

With Scudamore keen to avoid a rematch with the winner, who is seemingly bound for the Kingmaker at Warwick, Do Your Job could instead bid for Grade Two honours at Doncaster on January 29.

Reflecting on his Kempton performance, the trainer said: “I was very pleased. He jumped well and travelled well and did everything right, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

“The main objective was a clear round really and maybe if we hadn’t fallen at Sandown we might have pressed on a bit more and made it more of a staying race.

“The most important thing was to get a clear round under his belt and get some more experience over fences for him.

“I think we’ll stick to novice races while we can and we might look to the race at Doncaster. That is what we have pencilled in at the moment, anyway.

“It would certainly be Plan A to try and avoid Edwardstone and I was very pleased to read he was going to go for the Kingmaker. Hopefully they stick to that plan!”

While Do Your Job looks set to remain in novice company on his next start, Scudamore admitted is considering a step into the handicap arena for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham – a race he won with Next Sensation in 2015.

He added: “I’m sure he’ll have an entry in that. He also ran very well at Aintree last year, so there’s that to consider as well.

“He looks like a horse that could have the right sort of profile for a Grand Annual and we’ll see nearer the time.

“In some ways it might make more sense to go for a handicap now, but as we saw at Kempton some of these novice events don’t have a lot of runners in them and there’s some decent prize-money on offer, so it seems silly to pass them over when you’ve only got one chance to run in them really.”



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Adiwang hopes to fight Saruta next

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Lito Adiwang was booted out of ONE Championship strawweight rankings after coming up short against Jarred Brooks. ‘The Thunder Kid’ is already itching to step back inside the cage and hopes to fight a ranked fighter next.

Of the fighters in the ONE Championship strawweight division rankings, the 28-year-old Filipino seeks to score a date with No.2-ranked Yosuke Saruta.

“I want a big comeback. I still want a big name. I want to challenge Yosuke Saruta. Maybe if ONE allows it, and he wants it, then I’ll take it. Saruta is someone who I really want to test myself against,” said Adiwang in an interview with ONE Championship.

The 28-year-old admits it is a dangerous fight and a huge risk to take. The high-risk, high-reward scenario is something that Adiwang would like to take as he seeks to put his name back in the rankings again by beating a former champion.

“It’s a big risk for me because I’m coming off a loss, but I want a great comeback and a big name in my return so I don’t fall far off from the rankings.”


Lito Adiwang seeking for a better year in 2022 at ONE Championship

Adiwang now holds a professional record of 13-4 and has been competing in ONE Championship since October 2018. He won his first five fights before receiving his first loss against Koha Minowa via a split decision two years later.

The Benguet-based fighter had three fights in 2021. However, he also suffered his second loss in ONE Championship against Jarred Brooks.

Still in his prime, Adiwang goes back to the drawing board and seeks to polish his MMA skills in 2022.

“I have to check my mistakes inside the Circle, but I also have to check my mistakes outside the Circle. It has to be a balance. Sometimes, I forget other personal obligations and those are the things that I have to work on. I have to balance things out based on last year. I have to correct this in 2022.”




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