The lone Manitobans on the Canadian National Junior Team playing in the World Junior Hockey Championship in Czech Republic did their part to help Canada to a 4-1 victory over the Germans Monday morning.
Winnipegger Joel Hofer – selected 107th overall by St. Louis in 2018 – was nearly perfect in net for Team Canada, stopping 18 of 19 shots in his first career international start. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound backstop actually came up just shy of a shutout, giving up a late 5-on-3 power play goal to the Germans, but ultimately collected the victory.
Brandonite Calen Addison – chosen 53rd overall by Pittsburgh in 2018 – once again led the offence, quarterbacking the Canadian power play on multiple occasions, while scoring his first goal of the tournament on a two-man advantage of his own.
The Canadians dominated the Germans, despite only outscoring their opponents by three goals and outshooting them by seven shots. The German goaltender Hendrick Hane was good, but Hofer was much better, turning aside everything he faced through 59 minutes.
Nolan Foote, Liam Foudy and Ty Dellandrea also added tallies for Canada, which improved its record 2-0-0-1 through three games of preliminary round play. The Canadians can now clinch first place in Group B with a win over the host Czech Republic on Tuesday at 12:00 noon central. The game can be viewed live on TSN.