Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
Whitehorse hockey sensation Dylan Cozens has five points in four games so far at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia.
Playing for Canada Red, one of the three Canadian teams in the eight-team tournament, Cozens had three assists in the quarter-final victory over Canada Black to advance to the semifinals tonight.
Canada Red finished the round-robin play with a 1-2 record. After an opening loss to Finland 4-2, Cozens tallied a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win over Sweden.
He scored the first goal of the game for the Canadians on the power play and assisted on the team’s final goal by Xavier Simoneau. He was held off the scoresheet in the final round-robin game, a 5-3 loss to Russia.
Canada Red finished third in the pool setting up a contest against the second place team in the other pool in the crossover quarter-finals – that team being Canada Black.
Canada Red took a 2-1 lead into the second period with Cozens assisting on the second goal – a power-play marker from Xavier Parent.
Tied at two heading into the third, Cozens again connected with Parent assisting on his second goal of the game 49 seconds into the period.
Cozens would get his third assist of the game on the insurance marker less than three minutes later on a goal by Simoneau.
With one goal and four assists, Cozens is currently tied for fifth in tournament in scoring and tied for second on the team behind Parent who has six points.
Canada Red will play the Czech Republic tonight in the first semifinal in Fort St. John with the United States facing off against Canada White in the other semifinal.
The medal games are set for Saturday in Dawson Creek with the bronze medal on the line followed by the gold-medal game.
The first player from the Yukon ever selected in the first round of the Western Hockey League Draft is having a solid campaign so far with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In his first campaign with the team, Cozens has 13 points in 13 games.
Based on his early performance, Cozens was named WHL rookie of the month for October.
He has six goals in the 13 games, second on his team, and is third in team scoring.
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