Just one game into the World Junior Championships and Owen Power is already dominating. The 19-year-old Canadian defenseman came out strong, showing exactly why he went 1st Overall this summer. Tonight in Canada’s opening game against the Czech Republic, Power scored a hat trick, becoming the first Canadian defenseman at the World Juniors EVER to do so.
Power scored his first goal of the night just 12 minutes into the first period. Unassisted and an absolute LASER, check it:
After that, it wasn’t until 8:50 into the second period with Canada on the power play for Power to get goal #2. This game was tied up 3-3, Canada on the 2-man advantage. Here comes Cole Perfetti and Mavrik Borque to set up an absolute rocket shot for Power. The guy looks like a giant out there and he uses that power
(haha) to drill the puck home and give Canada that much-needed lead.
Then, under 2 minutes after that goal and still on a power play, Power accomplishes that hat trick with a sneaky rebound from the side of the net.
I’ve had the pleasure of watching this kid play at Michigan all season and he has been absolutely incredible, makes sense he’d step on that ice and make a scene off that bat. It’s just one official game in and he’s already setting records for Hockey Canada. Canada beat the Czech 6-3 in the end and they’re moving on to play Austria on Tuesday.
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