Connor Bedard is placing on a present on the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. Bedard despatched Canada to the semifinals with a grimy additional time purpose in opposition to Slovakia on Monday and within the course of put himself atop the nation’s World Juniors file books.
The underdog Slovakians put a scare into the Canadians, however Bedard’s historic night time helped Canada squeak into the following spherical. In the primary interval, Bedard opened the scoring and have become Hockey Canada’s all-time chief in World Juniors targets with 15, however he would add yet another earlier than the night time was over.
Bedard additionally assisted on Canada’s second purpose of the night time, which gave him the Hockey Canada file for assists in a single World Juniors with 13. Lucky for the Canadians, Bedard nonetheless had some extra record-setting magic up his sleeve.
The groups went to additional time tied at 3-3, and that’s when Bedard took the sport into his personal palms. He weaved his manner by all three Slovakians on the ice whereas additionally deking out the goalie to finish the sport in gorgeous vogue.
With this three-point efficiency in opposition to Slovakia, Bedard set new Hockey Canada information for factors in a single World Juniors (21) and profession World Juniors factors (34).
Even earlier than this event, Bedard was the consensus No. 1 prospect within the 2023 NHL Draft, and his dominance on the world stage to this point has solely solidified that standing. The stage can be even larger on Wednesday, when Canada faces the United States within the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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