Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Strong Game For Beaulieu

The consensus around the interweb is that Nathan Beaulieu had a strong game in Team Canada’s 7-4 victory over the CIS “All-Stars” in Calgary on Tuesday night. It was the final event of Canada’s world junior selection camp.

Beaulieu was paired with Cody Ceci for the contest and the duo played quite well together. The Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman finished the game with a goal and an assist while the Ottawa 67’s defender added a helper as well.

Beaulieu helped setup Tyler Toffoli for Canada’s first goal at 5:15 of the first period.

“Beautiful back door pass from Nathan Beaulieu to Tyler Toffoli,” writes Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations. “There’s that Beaulieu PP expertise.”

“The pairing of Beaulieu and Ceci have been pretty impressive, Ceci in particular.”

The Montreal Canadiens prospect made it a 2-2 game when he scored at 3:57 of the middle frame. “Beaulieu sneaks down just off the slot in his usual spot,” described Vickers. “Wedgewood gets a pad on the first one, but Strome faked the pass and found him again for another one-timer for the goal.”

It was a strong game for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leaguers still taking part in the camp. Along with Beaulieu’s two points, Victoriaville’s Phillip Danault had two goals and Shawnigan’s Michael Bournival one marker.

Defensemen Brandon Gormley, Dougie Hamilton, and Ryan Murray and forwards Brendan Gallagher, Freddie Hamilton, Quinton Howden, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mark Scheifele, Jaden Schwartz, Devante Smith-Pelly and Mark Stone did not play.

Final cuts will be made Wednesday morning. Buckle up. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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