Maple Leafs prospects Matt Finn and Frederik Gauthier scored for Canada in their 7-3 win over Sweden in a World Junior exhibition game taking place in Lake Placid, New York.
It was the second straight game with a goal for Gauthier who blocked a shot late in the second period and left for the dressing room. He returned for the third where his goal early in the frame restored Canada’s two-goal lead.
World Junior coach Brent Sutter was asked about Gauthier being able to return after blocking the shot.
“We’d probably have to cut his leg off to keep him out. I wasn’t worried about that at all.” Sutter said.
2012 draft pick, Matt Finn opened the scoring for Canada in the first period and he also had an assist in the second frame. He along with Gauthier and Ryan Rupert have played in the first two games of the three game exhibition series. Canada plays the United States on Saturday in the final game of the series.
Rupert recorded an assist and he has two points in the first two games. His game drew high praise from Sutter.
“He’s a warrior and a big-hearted player,” Sutter said. “You can tell his character level.”
Fellow Leafs prospect Dominic Toninato was held scoreless in the USA’s 4-3 win over Finland.