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Hlinka Gretzky Cup Preview: Canada vs. Sweden

Wednesday, August 3 | 7 p.m. MT | Red Deer, Alberta | Preliminary Round

August 3, 2022


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Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team looks to close out a perfect preliminary round on Wednesday night in Red Deer, taking on Sweden in a rematch of the 2018 gold medal game on Canadian ice.


Canada booked a spot in the semifinals with a 9-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday night in Red Deer. Brayden Yager earned Player of the Game off a four-point effort (2G, 2A) for six total in the tournament so far. Canada outshot the Slovaks 65-20, with 29 of those coming in the first period. Riley Heidt added two of his own and both Tanner Molendyk and Zach Benson scored a goal and two assists in Canada’s second preliminary win of the tournament.

Sweden cruised to a 9-3 win over Switzerland off the back of a five-point performance from defenseman Theo Lindstein who had a goal and four assists. Sweden went 4-for-4 on the power play and outshot the Swiss 40-19 to earn its second preliminary win of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.


The last time Canada saw Sweden was at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup semifinals, where Canada came away with a 3-2 shootout win. Cole Perfetti did his best Jonathan Toews impression, scoring three times in the shootout – in addition to his two goals in regulation time – to send Canada to the final. Tristan Lennox stopped 19 of 21 shots through regulation and overtime and turned away six of eight attempts during the shootout.


As the Canadian offence continues to roll, Ethan Gauthier has been at the front of the charge. With four points in two games, Gauthier’s quick release and ability to find space has proven lethal. The Drummondville, Que., native – the first overall pick in the 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft and son of Team Canada alumnus Denis Gauthier – produced 39 points (18-21—39) in 65 games during his rookie season with Sherbrooke.

Otto Stenberg has put up numbers for the Swedes, leading it past Slovakia with two goals and an assist and finishing with seven points in two games so far in the tournament. The 5’11” forward took home gold with Team Sweden at the 2022 U18 World Championship, scoring twice in six games.


Canada and Sweden have met 20 times in summer U18 play since 2001, including three gold medal games—all of them wins for the Canadians. Brendan Gaunce had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory in 2011, Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice in a four-goal first period in a 7-3 win in 2015, and Alexis Lafrenière and Sasha Mutala scored two goals apiece in a 6-2 home-ice triumph in Edmonton in 2018.

All-time record: Canada leads 17-3-0 (1-1 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 86
Sweden goals: 43

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