Thursday, May 20, 2010


by Ron C. Johnston

Mannheim Germany, (Sap Arena) - It was Ex-Regina Pat's Jordan Eberle, who will be celebrating his 20th birthday tomorrow. As an alternate player who was allowed to play in today's game, Eberle scored a goal and got 4 assists. (His 4 assists in the second period tied a Canada record for most points in a period at the World Championships). It should have been two goals. At about the 6 minute mark of the first period, Eberle had scored only to have the goal disallowed due to a quick whistle by the referee. The goalie never did have control of the puck.

Canada's John Tavares had a hat trick, while Evander Kane netted a pair of goals. Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle, Ray Whitney, Steve Downie, Rich Peverley, Corey Perry, and Marc Giordano added singles. Ex-Regina Pats JordanEberle added four assists for a five-point day.

It was Norway's Jonas Holos scoring just inside the right face-off circle at the 1:35 mark. Canada finally got on the score board when Evander Kane scored a backhand rebound shot in front of the net at 13:09, assisted by Jordan Eberle and Mark Staal. The score was 1-1 after the first period.

It was all Canada in the second period as they scored 7 goals. Canada set a team record for the fastest six goals at a world championship when it scored six times in just 6:36 during the second period.

It started with Ray Whitney shooting a hard shot from the left point. Corey Perry scored as he tipped it in at the left side of the net at 3:51, also assisted by Kris Russell. Marke Giordano scored the next goal at 13:12, a shot from the slot, assisted by Jordan Eberle who passed to Matt Duchene. Duchene took the puck to the net and passed to the trailing defenceman. John Tarvares scored his first of three goals, a power play that rolled in off a Norway defenceman's stick at 16:42. Canada went up 5-1 on Rick Peverley's hard shot at the left side of the blue line that went up into the upper net at 17:27. Canada then scored on a 2 on 1 rush as Steve Downey scored at the right side of the net at 18:16. He received a pass from the left boards by Steve Ott. Canada then had a 5 on 3 power play and Ray Whitney scored under the crossbar as he shot from just inside the left blue line at 19:06. Canada scored their last goal when Jordan Eberle, at the left side of the goal, made a goal crease pass to Evander Kane at the right side of the net and tipped the puck in at 19:48, also assisted by Rick Peverley. It was Canada 8-1 going into the third period.

An early goal at 39 seconds into the period had Jordan Eberle skate from behind the left side of the net, stop, slowly skated across in front of the net where he shot just inside of the right post. Tarvares scored his second goal as he skated toward the front of the net and tipped in a pass at 5:57, assisted by Corey Perry. It was Canada 10-1. Tarvares got his hat trick, parked at the left side of the net where he received a blue line pass from Brent Burns at 9:18. The final goal was a pretty one as Matt Duchene walked out from the right side of the net, stopped, spun around, and scored into the right corner of the net at 10:18.