Mason McTavish is a pure middle, however on Saturday evening, he took on the position of Team Canada goaltender — or, ought to we are saying, gold-tender.
The Anaheim Ducks prospect and Team Canada captain made a miraculous stick save on Team Finland ahead Topi Niemela early within the extra time interval of Saturday’s gold medal sport on the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Junior Championship.
Call it the McTavish Miracle.
McTavish scored eight targets and 17 factors in simply seven video games on the World Juniors (and was in the end named event MVP), however his instantly iconic defensive play is what’s going to go down in historical past.
Just moments after McTavish’s essential cease, Kent Johnson transformed on an unbelievable spinning feed from Logan Stankoven to attain the extra time golden objective.
Johnson’s OT winner foiled the Finns’ comeback hopes. After Joshua Roy and William Dufour scored within the first 40 minutes to provide Team Canada a 2–0 lead, Aleksi Heimosalmi and Joakim Kemell responded within the third interval to tie the sport.
Team Canada outshot Team Finland by a 33–31 rely within the gold medal sport. Dylan Garand made 29 saves for the tournament-clinching victory.
While McTavish didn’t straight play a component within the extra time winner, he assisted on each Team Canada targets in regulation — and, in fact, Johnson’s objective by no means would’ve occurred if Niemela had scored first.
McTavish scored two targets and three factors in his nine-game NHL audition with Anaheim at the start of the 2021–22 season. It’s laborious to think about the 2021 No. 3 choose not taking part in a big position for the Ducks this upcoming 12 months.
Wallstedt backstops Swedes to bronze
Minnesota Wild prospect Jesper Wallstedt stood tall in objective for Team Sweden in Saturday’s bronze medal sport in opposition to Team Czechia.
The 2021 No. 20 choose stopped 27 of the 28 Czech photographs he confronted to assist the Swedes take a 3–1 victory at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
While he wasn’t the primary goaltender chosen finally 12 months’s draft, Wallstedt was undoubtedly the perfect at his place at this 12 months’s World Juniors.
The 19-year-old from Vasteras, Sweden posted a .940 save proportion in his 5 appearances on the event and was named each the highest goaltender and to the media all-star workforce.
Team Sweden head coach Tomas Monten praised his goaltender’s efficiency and demeanor after the bronze medal sport, remarking: “If you could give the [captaincy] to a goaltender, he would get it.”
Isak Rosen, who went to the Buffalo Sabres six spots forward of Wallstedt in 2021, scored the eventual bronze-winning objective late within the second interval in opposition to the Czechs.
Fabian Lysell and Linus Sjodin additionally scored for the Swedes within the contest, whereas Michal Gut netted the Czechs’ lone objective.
Medal Round outcomes
Gold: Team Canada 3, Team Finland 2 (OT)
Bronze: Team Sweden 3, Team Czechia 1