Fort St. John’s own Tristen Nielsen picked up a fresh collection of hats on the weekend.
The 16-year-old, five-foot-9, 182-pound forward started the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault. St. Marie with a bang Sunday, scoring three times in a 4-1 win for defending champion Team Canada White.
The Calgary Hitmen forward scored in each of the three periods on Oct. 30, including a one-timer from just inside the blue line only two minutes and nine seconds into the third period. Nielsen’s first period goal came just 3:29 into the game off a wrist shot over Canada Black goalie Jacob Ingham. His second of the night was the only goal in the second period.
Nielsen was also named first star of the opening day of the tournament.
He continued his assault on the event with his fourth goal on Monday in a 3-2 loss to the United States.
Nielsen didn’t record a point in Canada White’s 8-2 loss against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, Nielsen was still tied for the tournament lead in goals with four. Round robin action for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge wrapped up Wednesday, with quarter-final action getting underway Thursday. Nielsen’s Canada White will take on Canada Red, Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. The gold medal game goes Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 EST.