On the eve of the biggest game in their major junior careers, team Canada prepares for a rematch with Team Sweden in the Gold Medal game. The event will faceoff John Tavares and Victor Hedman for “round 2″ in a two round event – Tavares took round 1. They have 2 things at stake: both are competing for top prospect and both are competing for the gold.
Zach Boychuk did not take part during Sunday’s practice, but his absense was deemed “precautionary” and he is expected to lace them up tomorrow night. Tyler Myers also has brushed off his slight knee injury as “a stinger and nothing more”. He will look to join Cody Goloubef on the third defensive unit (although they are considered a better shut down duo than Teubert and Hickey).
Meanwhile, Pat Quinn has called upon Dustin Tokarski to play the final, and most important, game of the tournament. Despite his, at times, suspect defending skills, Tokarski has not lost a single game and looked solid in net during the overtime and shootout despite his smallish stature (5’11″ 185lbs). The Tampa Bay draft pick has stolen the number 1 position from Chet Pickard (6’2″ 210lbs) and looks to finish off the event with an important W.
It’s the Strive for Five; catch it live! Monday, 7:30PM EST (Re-runs of games are never as good)
Join me tonight on The Score for the liveblog of the event.
Micheal A. Aldred