Team Canada got off to an excellent start at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton and Calgary.
Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings, a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators notched a hat trick and Jonathan Huberdeau, the reigning Memorial Cup MVP, notched a goal and four assists as Canada pounded Finland by a score of 8-1.
Mark Visentin was solid in between the Canadian pipes making 24 saves on 25 shots.
The play of Stone was very impressive in this one, as twice he took passes from Huberdeau, standing behind the Finnish net and accurately placed the puck past Finnish goaltender Christopher Gibson.
Ryan Strome also was prolific offensively with a goal and three assists.
If there was one weakness Monday in Edmonton, it was the play of Oil King Mark Pysyk. The local defenceman didn’t so much in blocking the shot from Alexander Ruuttu (son of former Buffalo Sabre Christian Ruuttu) who scored Finland’s only goal, and took a dumb hooking penalty in the third period.
The Canadian team is also anxiously waiting to hear the status of Devante Smith-Pelly, who left the game in the second period after blocking a shot.
Canada next plays the Czech Republic on Wednesday night.