It didn’t take long for rookie Jordan Eberle to make an impact for Team Canada at this years World Championships. Eberle continued his strong international play by scoring Canada’s first goal less than two minutes into the first period against Belarus. He scored again midway through the third period on the power-play to pace Canada to the 4-1 win. Eberle finished the game with two points, a +1 +/-, and four shots on goal.
Eberle’s international hockey history goes back to his strong play with the Canadian World Juniors team, which he played on twice. He won a gold medal on his first year with the team in 2009, and then won the Most Valuable Player and Top Forward awards in last years tournament. Later that season, Eberle was named as an alternate to Team Canada’s World Championship team, where he scored a goal and three assists in his debut against Norway, which was good enough to be named Player of the Game. He looks to lead Canada to a medal this year after a disappointing seventh place finish last year.
Goalie, Devan Dubnyk, didn’t play, with Toronto’s James Reimer getting the start. Reimer’s set to start in Canada’s next game on Sunday against France, and it appears that the number one spot could be his to lose after his strong performance.