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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
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
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
WHAT TO WATCH
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.
A LOOK BACK
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