Jonathan Bernier saw his first action for Canada at the World Hockey Championships today against Norway and held on for a 3-2 victory that improves them to 2-0 in the qualification round and clinches themselves a spot in the quarter-final.

 

Canada jumped out to a 3-0 lead but nearly squandered that lead by allowing two goals in 1:13 to make it an interesting game. That was all Norway could muster, though, as Canada's dominance, especially on the penalty-kill stopping all seven power plays against them, was just too much on this day as they know move on.

 

As for Bernier, he played well, considering he hadn't played any hockey within the last couple of months. The rust quickly wore off as, although he wasn't tested a great deal, he made a series of key saves to keep the Norweigans off the board.

 

Norway's first goal was the result of a defensive lapse by the Canadians and their second was arguably a goal that Bernier would have wished he had back. Neverthless, it's an important win for Canada as they clinch a berth in the quarter-final.

 

A great effort all around.