Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen played an important role in Canada’s lopsided 8-0 win over Slovakia Friday night during the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal.
His strength, speed and ability to think through his plays to ensure the puck goes where it belongs were on display throughout the game.
Virtanen got an assist on Nick Paul’s goal at 6:46 in the 2nd period and scored Team Canada’s final goal at the 16:41 mark of the third period.
From Hockey Canada – Robby Fabbri (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL) had two goals and two assists, Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL) added scored once and added a helper, and Canada’s National Junior Team blanked Slovakia 8-0 to open the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday night.
Team Canada plays Germany Saturday evening.
Virtanen currently plays for the WHL Calgary Hitmen and was chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st Round, 6th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.