In the middle of summer, top-tier talent from the Western Hockey League was on display in Plymouth, Mich. at the 2019 Sport Chek World Junior Summer Showcase.
Featuring Canada, the United States, Finland, and Sweden, the summer showcase gave players and respective national team staff alike a chance to make the roster decisions a little clearer for the upcoming 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.
Tuesday, July 30
Three-point efforts from Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades) and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets) guided Canada to a 4-1 win over the United States.
Dach scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period and added a power-play goal midway through the third period. Canada started the scoring with a power-play goal by Joe Veleno, featuring assists both Dach and Foote. Foote would score Canada’s third goal of the game early in the third period. Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf (Tustin, Calif. / Everett Silvertips) stopped 18 of the 22 shots directed at him.
Wednesday, July 31
Canada’s first of two losses in Michigan came Wednesday in a 8-3 result against Finland.
As part of a five-goal first period, Ottawa Senators prospect Lassi Thomson (Tampere, Finland / Kelowna Rockets) scored for the Scandinavian nation. Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo (Winnipeg, Man. / Calgary Hitmen) picked up a single assist in the loss.
Friday, August 2
Canada returned to form with a 5-2 win against Sweden Friday at the showcase.
Colorado Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants) tallied a pair of assists while Foote picked up another helper. Vancouver Canucks prospect Carson Focht (Regina, Sask. / Calgary Hitmen) finished off the game in the third period by tallying an empty-net goal.
The United States and Finland also matched up Friday, playing to a 6-5 win for Finland. In 26:45 of action, Wolf stopped five of the seven shots directed his way.
Saturday, August 3
Canada’s final game of the tournament saw the United States earn a bit of payback to the tune of a 5-3 win for the hosts.
Down 1-0 in the first, Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings) scored a short-handed goal to tie up the game. Down 2-1 entering the second period, Foote responded 56 seconds into the frame for Canada to even up the game with the lone assist coming from the stick of Focht.
Foote added to his offensive totals with a primary assist on Canada’s third goal of the game later in the period.
Overall Foote led all Canada scorers in the showcase with six points (2G-4A) in three games during the showcase, finishing tied for the lead in goals and assists.
Dach finished tied for second in Canadian scoring with three points (2G-1A) while Focht had two points (1G-1A) in his showcase experience. Byram picked up a pair of assists in the showcase while Schneider scored a single goal and Woo had a single assist.