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2022 World Juniors Day 1 Recap: Steel Alum Owen Power Scores Hat Trick for Canada

Sunday was the first day of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. Here’s how Chicago Steel alumni performed.

Owen Power Canada

Owen Power made history in Canada’s tournament opener at the 2022 World Juniors on Sunday in Edmonton.

The Chicago Steel alum became the first Canadian defenseman in the history of the tournament to record a hat trick when he scored three goals in the first two periods of a 6-3 win against Czechia.

With Canada trailing 3-1, Power scored an unassisted goal late in the first period. Then on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period, Power scored two goals to give Canada the lead.

Selected first overall in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Power is now a sophomore at Michigan after playing from 2018-20 with the Steel.

Canada next plays Austria on Tuesday (6 PM CT). Czechia plays Germany on Monday (6 PM).

USA 3, Slovakia 2

Matt Coronato assisted on Mackie Samoskevich’s goal against former Steel teammate Simon Latkoczy in Team USA’s 3-2 win Sunday.

Samoskevich (Panthers) scored on a power-play goal on a one-timer feed from Coronato (Flames) to make it 2-0 in the first period. Defenseman Ian Moore (Ducks) had one shot on goal for the Americans.

Samoskevich is in his freshman year at Michigan with Power, while Coronato and Moore are first-year teammates at Harvard.

Latkoczy, who is now with the Madison Capitals of the USHL, made 39 saves in the loss.

The United States next plays against Switzerland on Tuesday (3:30 PM). Slovakia plays Sweden on Monday (8:30 PM).

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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