WJC Canada Postgame: Marner’s two third-period goals not enough as Canada crashes out of tournament


What a show from Mitch Marner- shame it didn’t work out the way he hoped.

The Leafs’ top Canadian prospect netted two third-period power play goals in the World Junior Championship in a 6-5 quarterfinal loss to host Finland.

The Rundown

Well… Canada got nine, if that helps.

Things appeared to be going swimmingly in the first period, with Canada jumping out to a two goal lead.

Travis Konecny got the monkey off his back with his first goal off the tournament, showing shades of the player he was expected to be all tournament long.

Canada’s most consistent forward in Dylan Strome crashed the net for a rebound to put Canada up 2-0 early in the first period.

The first period also saw Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen have a golden scoring chance which became an afterthought in an 11-goal affair.

After a two-goal comeback by the Finns, former (current?) Leaf fan Lawson Crouse put the Red and White up 3-2- but this was just the beginning of a crazy affair.

Finland bounced back for another two goals in just two minutes in the second period, taking a 4-3 lead into the third.

And then, Mitch arrived.  

(Gif via Marc Dumont)

Sebastian Aho put Finland up for their second lead of the day… so Mitch came back with another goal, his fourth of the tournament.

 This is an absurd goal by Mitch Marner #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/f4ydUiw1vV

(Gif via Faizal Khamisa)

Penalty trouble ended up killing the Canadians though- including two penalties on one play from Jake Virtanen, an unfortunate delay of game from Joe Hicketts, and a late penalty from Marner on a retaliation call that shutout a potential power play- as Patrik Laine scored what ended up being the winning goal with 5:50 left on a 5-on-3 power play.

After the end of a crazy game, Canada stumbles out of the tournament with their worst result since 1998.

Maple Warrior

Has to go to Mitch Marner, of course. His best game of the tournament and the best player of the game- no matter an unfortunate penalty off a poorly disciplined shove in a scrum.

Up Next:

Sweden takes on Finland Monday, while it looks likely like the USA will be taking on the Russians in the other semi-final.

  • SEER

    I expect the Leafs to crash after the trade deadline…. not a long-term problem, as even if Lupul and Bozek are both gone, I/we expect the Leafs to begin the next season with Stamkos-JVR and Kadri-Komarav. Regarding the 3rd line, assuming the Leafs finish near the bottom, then they cannot be denied. If not Matthwews, then Puljujarvi or Laine, either one becoming the Leaf’s #1 prospect, but (unlike Matthews) not dethroning Nylander as #1 center. If not them, then Alex Nylander or Tkachuk. One way or another, Leafs would have three 1st line forwards (Marner-Nylander-2016) or two top-pairing D-men (Rielly-Chychrun/Juolevi).
    On a side-note, thanks Canucks for not taking Nylander. I didn’t write that team off two years ago, because the Sedins were aging, but because they could have gotten Nylander to replace Hendrick one day, but instead to took a guy I (and C Buttons) would have taken in the 3rd round.

  • Gary Empey

    Please!!!!!! no Stamkos, we talk about longterm overpaid athletes and the name of Stamkos comes to mind. Regarding this years Junior Worlds and I was wondering when Marner would arrive, I see he finally made it, too bad there will be no more games for Canada. Now to see if William Nylander comes back.

  • Gary Empey

    Team Canada said they would go with fast, highly skilled, offensive players this year.

    This may have looked good on paper but left them open to lots of goals against. They never really jelled.

    Their penalty killing was the worst of all ten teams,

  • Gary Empey

    mitch marner was by far the mvp of the game. my god. that’s the mitch we were waiting for but… a little too late. devastating to watch dylan strome crying as they lost the game. brendan perlini and jake virtanen were supposed to be veteran leaders and they were the biggest jokes on the team for endless unnecessary pims and basically no points. what a joke. marner was excellent in this game. one of the most dangerous forwards on the ice besides puljujarvi and laine.