2016-17 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2017 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #9
Preliminary
Final (OT)
April 15, 2017 1:30 pm EDT
ZS Poprad
Poprad, SVK

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
1
1
1
0
3
3
0
0
1
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
12
10
6
1
29
12
5
15
4
36

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 9
10
0 / 5
28

Game Story

MATTHEOS GETS WINNER AS CANADA EDGES HOSTS AT U18 WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

POPRAD, Slovakia – Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL) scored his second goal of the game at 2:38 of overtime, sending Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a 4-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

With the Canadians controlling the puck in the Slovak end, Mattheos came off the bench, took a pass from Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and circled at the top of the zone before whipping a wrist shot past goaltender Jakub Kostelny for the winner.

Kyle Olson (Calgary, Alta./Tri-City, WHL) and Isaac Ratcliffe (London, Ont./Guelph, OHL) had the other goals for the Canadians, who led 3-1 after one period before letting the hosts back into the game.

Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) made 26 saves to record his second win for Canada.

A capacity, pro-Slovak crowd had the home side going early, and Adam Liska converted on a power play at 8:37, jamming a loose puck under Scott to put Slovakia up 1-0.

But the Canadians came back with a flurry in the dying minutes of the opening frame, tying the game and adding two more before the horn sounded.

Olson brought Canada even at 18:18 after MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) threw the puck into the slot, Mattheos drove hard to the net and tucked the puck around goaltender Juraj Sklenar for the go-ahead goal 18 seconds after that, and Ratcliffe picked the top corner past Sklenar at 19:49 for a 3-1 Canadian lead after 20 minutes.

Kostelny replaced Sklenar to begin the second period, and the change seemed to spark Slovakia; it had a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal in the middle stanza.

Patrick Hrehorcak pulled the Slovaks within a goal late in the second, finishing off a pretty feed from Milos Roman to make it a 3-2 game through two.

Liska struck again on special teams to the tie the game early in the third, this time beating Scott for a shorthanded goal at 2:38 to eventually force overtime.

Penalty trouble almost doomed the Canadians; they gifted Slovakia nine opportunities on the power play –including one with just over two minutes to go in the third – but killed eight.

Canada sees the ice next on Monday, facing off against Switzerland (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Isaac Ratcliffe
Hooking (2:00)
02:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Martin Kupec
Slashing (2:00)
04:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Josh Brook
Tripping (2:00)
08:10
GOAL
Goal: Adam Liska (power play)

Assists: Matus Havrila
08:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Isaac Ratcliffe
Tripping (2:00)
11:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxime Comtois
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
11:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Ruzicka
Slashing (2:00)
13:40
GOAL
Goal: Kyle Olson

Assists: MacKenzie Entwistle
18:18
GOAL
Goal: Stelio Mattheos

Assists: Jocktan Chainey
18:36
GOAL
Goal: Isaac Ratcliffe

19:49
2nd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jakub Kostelny

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Kyle Olson
Interference (2:00)
00:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Ziak
Tripping (2:00)
01:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Josh Brook
Cross-Checking (2:00)
03:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Matthew Strome
Hooking (2:00)
07:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Ivan
Closing Hand on Puck (2:00)
13:29
GOAL
Goal: Patrik Hrehorcak

Assists: Milos Roman
16:34
PENALTY
Penalty: MacKenzie Entwistle
Holding (2:00)
17:26
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Patrik Hrehorcak
Holding the Stick (2:00)
01:05
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Adam Liska

Assists: Milos Fafrak
02:38
PENALTY
Penalty: MacKenzie Entwistle
Delay of Game (2:00)
04:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Matthew Strome
Charging (2:00)
17:48
Overtime
GOAL
Goal: Stelio Mattheos

Assists: Jared McIsaac
02:38

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Jakub Kostelny SVK 42 24 23 1 0.958
Juraj Sklenar SVK 20 12 9 3 0.750
Ian Scott CAN 62 29 26 3 0.897

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 3 L @ Russia RUS
Apr 20, 2017
3 - 7 L v SwedenSWE
Apr 20, 2017
2 - 1 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 18, 2017
3 - 6 L @ FinlandFIN
Apr 18, 2017
4 - 0 W v LatviaLAT
Apr 17, 2017
7 - 3 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 17, 2017
Videos
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2018-19 NWT: CAN 4 – USA 3 (Game 2)
Poulin and Rattray had 1G 1A each to help Canada even the series.
2018-19 NWT: USA 1 – CAN 0 (Game 1)
Maschmeyer made 20 saves, but Canada was blanked in the opener.
2019 U18WWC: CAN 3 – USA 2 (OT) (Gold Medal)
Wheeler scored 1:34 into OT, giving Canada its 5th gold medal.
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