2016-17 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2017 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #2
Final
April 10, 2017 11:00 am EST
EASTON Arena
Piestany, SVK

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
3
5
2
1
1
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
9
13
32
8
10
5
23

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
8
0 / 3
10

Game Story

MATTHEOS’ HAT TRICK LEADS CANADA TO PRE-WORLDS WIN

JASON LA ROSE

PIESTANY, Slovakia – Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL) finished his hat trick with 3:48 remaining, giving Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Switzerland in its final pre-tournament game Monday ahead of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) had the other two goals for the Canadians, who split their two exhibition contests; they dropped a narrow 5-4 decision to Russia to open their schedule on Sunday.

Canada found itself in an early hole when Nando Eggenberger beat goaltender Jake McGrath (Mississauga, Ont./Sudbury, OHL) just 80 seconds after the puck dropped, but Comtois got that back off a set-up from Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) at 4:33 to tie the game.

Keijo Weibel restored the Swiss lead late in the opening frame, and Axel Simic needed just 30 seconds of the second period to score shorthanded for a 3-1 advantage, despite Canada holding the edge in shots on goal to that point.

Mattheos got the comeback started with his first of the game just past the four-minute mark of the middle stanza, answering Simic’s shorthanded marker with one of his own to make it a 3-2 game.

Comtois netted his second, again off a feed from McIsaac, to bring Canada all the way back just 16 seconds into the third period, and Mattheos gave the Canadians their first lead only 1:06 after that.

But the Swiss refused to roll over, and Eggenberger beat McGrath for the second time with 6:45 left to bring the score level once again.

Overtime loomed, but Mattheos made sure it didn’t get that far; he buried a pass from Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta./Spokane, WHL) past Swiss netminder Gianluca Zaetta at 16:12, giving the Canadians a little momentum heading into their worlds opener.

McGrath finished with 19 saves in the Canadian goal, while Zaetta and starter Beat Trudel combined to stop 27 of 32 for the Swiss.

Canada drops the puck on the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship on Thursday, taking on Latvia (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT) in its first of four preliminary-round games.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Nando Eggenberger

Assists: Lucas Matewa
01:20
GOAL
Goal: Maxime Comtois

Assists: Jared McIsaac, Jocktan Chainey
04:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Jan Petrig
Tripping (2:00)
05:25
GOAL
Goal: Keijo Weibel

Assists: Nando Eggenberger
15:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Matewa
Cross-Checking (2:00)
19:36
2nd Period
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Axel Simic

Assists: Stephane Patry
00:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Jared McIsaac
Cross-Checking (2:00)
03:18
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Stelio Mattheos

04:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Dellandrea
Tripping (2:00)
04:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Ian Mitchell
Closing Hand on Puck (2:00)
12:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Nico Gross
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Le Coultre
Hooking (2:00)
17:55
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Maxime Comtois

Assists: Jared McIsaac
00:16
GOAL
Goal: Stelio Mattheos

Assists: Ty Smith, Josh Brook
01:22
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Gianluca Zaetta

02:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Akil Thomas
Roughing (2:00)
11:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Le Coultre
Roughing (2:00)
11:28
GOAL
Goal: Nando Eggenberger

13:15
GOAL
Goal: Stelio Mattheos

Assists: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ian Mitchell
16:12

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Jacob McGrath CAN 60 23 19 4 0.826
Beat Trudel SUI 42 22 18 4 0.818
Gianluca Zaetta SUI 16 10 9 1 0.900

Game Leaders

Goals 3 - Assists 0 - Points 3
G 3 - A 0 - P 3
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
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 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

5 - 4 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 10, 2017
4 - 5 L v CanadaCAN
Apr 10, 2017
4 - 5 L @ RussiaRUS
Apr 9, 2017
Videos
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2018-19 NWT: CAN 4 – USA 3 (Game 2)
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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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