Monahan scores twice in scrimmage at Hockey Canada's WJC evaluation camp
CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames 2013 first round pick Sean Monahan was on fire during a controlled scrimmage at the Hockey Canada World Junior Championship evaluation camp on Monday.
The pivot scored two goals in the scrimmage - one in regulation and the game-winner for Team Red in a shootout. The first goal was set up by Vancouver Canucks 2013 first round pick Bo Horvat and the winger was quick to laud Monahan on his perfect shot.
"I saw him driving to the net and I just tried to get it over as quickly as I could, and put a little sauce on it to get it over the stick," Horvat told CBC. "He made a great delay, great shot and put it up in the top corner."
Monahan's fellow Flames 2013 first round pick Emile Poirier also scored for Red, giving the squad a two-goal lead early in the second half.
Canada will play Finland, Sweden and the USA later on this week, which will be when head coach Brent Sutter will get a better idea of what each player can offer his squad.
"What's so neat about this process is we get to play three games against teams that we're going to be playing against in the tournament," Sutter told CBC. "It's an evaluation for those teams too.
"We'll have a better idea of where we're at after those three games, and then we'll know what our needs and wants are and start forming a team, to some degree."
Mark Jankowski, the Flames first round pick in 2012, played for Team White.
Canada's first exhibition game is on Wednesday, when they face off against Finland at 11:00 AM MST at the Olympic Training Center (Olympic Rink) in Lake Placid, NY.
TEAM RED LINES AND DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Bo Horvat - Sean Monahan - Curtis Lazar
Hunter Shinkaruk - Scott Laughton - Charles Hudon
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Petan- Emile Poirier
Ryan Rupert - Felix Girard
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Dumba
Derrick Pouliot - Damon Severson
Slater Koekkoek - Michael Matheson
TEAM WHITE LINES AND DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Mark Jankowski - Nathan MacKinnon - Tom Wilson
Max Domi - Connor McDavid - Sam Reinhart
Anthony Mantha - Frederik Gauthier - Kerby Rychel
Morgan Rielly - Dillon Heatherington
Matthew Finn - Ryan Pulock
Griffin Reinhart - Josh Morrissey