Pickard Posts Shutout in WJC Debut

Sunday, 12.28.2008 / 7:55 PM / WorldJuniors
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
World Junior Championships Day 3
A pair of Preds prospects made contributions in Day 3 at the World Junior Championships as Chet Pickard made his tournament debut for Canada with an 11-save shutout and forward Jani Lajunen scored his first goal of the tournament in Finland’s match-up against Russia. Team USA, with Jonathon Blum and Colin Wilson, edged Czech Republic 4-3, with Wilson notching an assist on the game's opening goal and Blum picking up an assist on the goal to put the US up 2-1. (click here for the NashvillePredators.com World Juniors Main Page)

Team USA grabbed a 1-0 first period lead on Jordan Schroeder’s second goal of the tournament, a power-play marker assisted by Preds prospect Colin Wilson. The Czechs tied the game 5:14 into the second period, but Jonathon Blum assisted on Matt Rust’s goal with 8:14 remaining in the middle frame to put the US ahead for good. James van Riemsdyk made the score 3-1 with a power-play goal late in the period and Schroeder added his second of the game 3:43 into the third period to give the Americans a three goal advantage. The Czech Republic scored at the 7:02 mark of the final frame and then pulled within one on Jan Kana’s power-play goal with 3:17 left in the game. The US held the fort from there to improve to 2-0-0 on the tournament.

Chet Pickard made his tournament debut with an 11-save shutout over Kazakhstan, a 15-0 win for Team Canada. Jamie Benn had a hat trick and two assists for a five point night and Cody Hodgson posted a six point outing with two goals and four assists. John Tavares and P.K. Subban both had two-goal, two-assist nights to supplement the Canadian attack.

Jani Lajunen scored the game’s opening goal 5:10 into the game, Lajunen’s first goal of the tournament. Russia answered with three goals in a 3:33 span in the middle of the first to claim a 3-1 lead. Finland scored 3:55 into the second frame to cut the lead to one, but Russia answered 6:01 later and then closed out the scoring with 1:46 remaining in the third period. Dmitri Klopov scored two goals and added one assist to lead the Russians, while linemates Evgeni Dadonov (1g-2a) and Nikita Klyukin (3a) also posted three point nights. Nikita Filatov netted a pair of goals as well for Russia.

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