All he does is score and make plays. In Canada’s impressive opening game triumph over Finland, all Mark Stone did was find the net again.
Why would this game be any different for the WHL’s leading scorer? The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB opened the scoring 2:14 seconds in, his first of three. Dating back to the second red and white intra-squad game during Team Canada’s selection camp, the Ottawa sixth round pick has scored in every single game that he has played.
In that game, he notched the winner in a 2-0 victory. Stone then scored in all three of Canada’s pre tournament games. This is a day the Brandon Wheat King star will never forget, and nor should he. Stone set the table, ate at it, then was the first to the dessert line.
Stone was far from the only star of opening day. Memorial Cup MVP Jonathan Huberdeau was sensational as well with a five-point effort. Ryan Strome also recorded four points in the blowout victory.
For me, the man of this afternoon was Stone. The right-winger staked a claim for himself during the summer evaluation camp and has not looked back since. In 33 WHL games Stone has been shutout just three times. Now he has scored in five straight in games while donning a maple leaf. If you are Team Canada it’s a streak they hope doesn’t stop for five or six more.