Jost scored the first of his two first-period goals only 11 seconds into the game as Canada cruised to a 5-0 victory over Finland in a pre-tournament game Monday night ahead of the world junior hockey championship.
"I thought we controlled the play and the pace down low, when we stayed out of the penalty box,'' said Jost, a University of North Dakota winger from Kelowna, B.C. "That was good to see.
"And we used our speed. We really moved the puck around and played fast.
It was just the way a Canadian team lacking exceptional stars but deep in speed and skill wants to play as it guns for gold at the world junior event that opens Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto.
Taylor Raddysh and Mathew Barzal also scored as Canada got four past Veini Vehvilainen on 16 first-period shots. Raddysh added another in the third while Carter Hart, who has yet to allow a goal in game action since the beginning of the team's selection camp last week, stopped all 25 shots he faced. Canada fired 30 at Finland's net.
The only negative factor was that the Canadian took seven minor penalties.
"It was all sticks,'' coach Dominique Ducharme said of the infractions. "We're aware of that and we'll make sure we correct it.''
It was the first meeting between the two teams since Finland eliminated Canada in the quarter-finals of last year's world junior event in Helsinki. The Finns sent a young squad to this year's tournament, which was evident in the first period.
Earlier Monday, Canada named 2015 third overall draft pick Dylan Strome as captain with Barzal and defenceman Thomas Chabot as alternates. All three are among the five players returning from last year's squad.
After the selection camp ended last Wednesday, the team spent four days at the Mont-Tremblant resort for practice and team bonding.
Now they're set on getting ready for the tournament. Canada faces the Czech Repubic on Wednesday in Ottawa and ends pre-tournament play Friday in Toronto against Switzerland.