University of Calgary

Dinos extend a helping stick to Hockey Canada

UToday HomeDecember 21, 2012

By Ben Matchett

In their final opportunity to impress Hockey Canada brass, bubble players from the Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp stepped up on Dec. 13 to defeat a Canada West Select team 2-0 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park.

After falling to the CIS No. 1-ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears on Wednesday, Canada was challenged to step-up their game in what was their last chance to impress staff before final cuts were made on Thursday evening. Players who seemingly had their spots already clinched, including Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, could be seen from upstairs taking in the final game of Selection Camp.

The Canada West side was made up with 10 members of the University of Calgary Dinos, five from the Mount Royal Cougars, two University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, along with three players from the professional ranks. Thursday’s game represented the second straight year a Canada West all-star team has taken on the Canadian World Junior camp. Last year the juniors won the game 7-4 en route to a bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton.

“A big part was about helping out Hockey Canada – we are all Canadians, and we want to see them win,” said Dinos head coach Mark Howell, who coached the Canada West squad in the game.

“Secondly, we want to give our guys and those in CIS a unique opportunity. It is always a little tricky forming a team for one game without practice, but I thought the guys did a real good job and adapted well.”

“I thought we had a lot of guys who brought a good work ethic and tried hard against players that were fighting for roster spots on Team Canada,” added Howell.

Team Canada potted one of two first-period goals at the 6:18 mark. A nice pass from J.C. Lipon found Anthony Camara in front of the goal for a quick one-timed finish.

Portland Winterhawks sniper Ty Rattie doubled the Canadian lead under a minute later. After draft-eligible forward Jonathan Drouin carried the puck in and fired it on a two-on-one, Rattie went to the net hard where he managed to knock in the rebound.

With little offence to talk about, Team Canada got to see some of the best work from their goaltenders all camp. Dressing for the junior team, Laurent Brossoit and Malcolm Subban turned away all 22 shots off of university player sticks. Jordan Binnington allowed two goals during the first half of the game when opposing Team Canada shots. Binnington was replaced by Jake Paterson, who completed his time at Selection Camp without a goal allowed on 33 attempts.