Canadian junior squad loses exhibition to University of Alberta team

The Canadian juniors, comprised in large part of players battling for the final roster spots, were jittery in a 4-1 loss to the top-ranked Canadian university team on Wednesday afternoon.
National Juniors selection camp goalie Jordan Binnington, left, from Richmond Hill, Ont., follows the puck as University of Alberta Golden Bears players Rhett Rachinski pursues in Wednesday game. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The Canadian junior team is preparing for the tournament in Russia at a selection camp in Calgary. Observations from the game Wednesday which saw a selection of junior players lose to the University of Alberta, 4-1.



  • The Canadian juniors continue to be somewhat jittery in game action. Canada'sonly goal scorer was a defenceman, Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves.
  • It wasn't a good showing. But these are the guys fighting for the few open spots on the team.
  • Head coach Steve Spott didn't dress defencemen Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Morgan Rielly and Xavier Ouellett as well as forwards Phillip Danault, Jonathan Huberdeau, Charles Hudon, Boone Jenner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brett Ritchie, Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome. All appear to be a lock to make the team.
  • Ouellett continues to recover from an ankle injury. He hasn't played in a game in two weeks, but may see action tomorrow.
  • Goalies Malcolm Subban and Jordan Binnington tended goal for Canada, while Laurent Brossoit and Jake Patterson played for the Golden Bears.
  • The Golden Bears are the No. 1 ranked team in Canadian university hockey this season, but they were missing two of their best players in defenceman Ian Barteaux and forward Sean Ringrose due to school commitments.

What's next?

Canada will clash with a team comprised of players from the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday.

A few cuts will be made Wednesday evening and the rest after Thursday's game, with the final roster then announced.

Game Summary

Goal scorers

Canada: Frank Corrado (10:16, 1st).

Alberta: Johnny Lazo (3:50, 1st), Torrie Dyck (9:33), Kruise Reddick (9:43,1st), Dyck 2 PP (12:46, 2nd)


Canada: Subban (15/18); Binnington (7/8).

Alberta: Brossoit (18-19); (Paterson 12-12).

Forwards (LW-C-RW)

Jonathan Drouin - Sean Monahan - Ty Rattie; Hunter Shinkaruk - Nathan MacKinnon - J.C. Lipon; Anthony Camara - Tyler Graovac - Daniel Catenacci; Francis Beauillier - Mark McNeill - Tom Wilson

Defence (L-R)

Griffin Reinhart - Ryan Murphy; Derrick Pouliot - Frank Corrado; Tyler Wotherspoon - Ryan Spoul; Adam Pelech - Matthew Dumba