Another day, another World Junior highlight for Islanders 2015 first rounder Mathew Barzal, who scored in the shootout to give Canada a 3-2 comeback win over Switzerland on Tuesday.
The Swiss went up 2-0 in the first period before Dylan "Brother of Ryan" Strome put Canada on the board just before the buzzer. Canadian captain Joe Hicketts tied the game in the second.
Even through the third and overtime, goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped both Swiss shots, while Canada's Braydon Point scored first. Barzal sealed the deal with the final shootout goal, using a move he's clearly copiously studied from hours and hours of game footage starring (maybe, please) future teammate Frans Nielsen.
Barzal seals the deal in the shootout. Canada wins. pic.twitter.com/VfAY6E0xET— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 29, 2015
Barzal's fellow Islanders' pick Anthony Beauviller had two shots in the third period of today's game, but no points. Both players had goals in Canada's 6-1 win over Denmark on Monday.
In other WJC action from today, Russia beat Belarus 4-1. Team USA plays Switzerland tomorrow afternoon.
The third Islanders prospect at the tournament, Swedish goalie Linus Soderstrom - who shut out Team USA 1-0 on Monday - didn't play today, but he did get a mention in Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts, which is just as big a deal. And in another story in Aftonbladet.se, Soderstrom talked about how he feels about the world knowing about the issues he's been dealing with. Gotta love the kid's attitude.
What were your thoughts about being open?
This is not about me, although it is now partly did it because I experienced it and know how misguided they might be. There were very many days of my youth and junior time that was very dark. It was downright awful at times. The teachers and my parents really helped me out of this. I know how it is, that one can feel very small and very scared to say who you are, but you have absolutely nothing to be afraid of.
And a huge thanks again to Zeb from EOTP for the heads-up.