The IIHF named Mason McTavish the tournament’s MVP after his team Canada won gold on August 20, 2022, in Edmonton. The Ducks prospect and captain of Canada had an excellent performance this season, scoring eight goals and nine assists, two of which included in the World Junior Championship gold medal game. In addition, he won the IIHF Directorate Award for Best Forward.
The Outstanding Save Made By McTavish
The 19-year-old finished as the top scorer. Some would say one of his most memorable plays during the championship would be his impeccable save of the tournament. In the final, McTavish stops the flying puck that Topi Niemela shot, then allows teammate Kent Johnson to score the overtime goal to give Canada a 3-2 win against Finland.
“I got pretty lucky; the stick was in the right place at the right time,” said McTavish. “I don’t know, it was pretty crazy, and I was pretty tired… and the next thing I know, KJ was putting the puck in the net.”
The Game-Winning Goal
Logan Stankoven made a pass to Johnson, who was able to get the rebound off of his own shot to score the game-winning goal. In a couple of words, Johnson mentioned, “I saw a nice move by Stank, I thought he’d slide it over, and thought if I went to the backhand, the five-hole would open up,…luckily, I banged in the rebound there. So, yeah, it was just huge.”
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