August 14, 2015
Nolan Patrick’s top shelf goal on Canada’s first shoot-out attempt turned out to be the winner as the Team Canada U18s downed Russia and advanced to the final against Sweden at the annual Ivan Hlinka tournament held in Czech.
Both teams started tentatively, despite early penalties. Beck Malenstyn (Calgary) had Canada’s first good scoring opportunity on a early 2-on-1 break, but hit goaltender Vladislav Sukhachev in the mask.
The Russians struggled with their set-up plays, but eventually took the lead on a 3 on 2 in the last minute of first period. Dylan Wells (Peterborough) stopped Aleksander Iakovenko’s initial shot, but German Rubtsov scored on the rebound.
In the second, Russia’s Danil Veriaev opened with a early opportunity but missed from an angle with the near side open. The Russians then took a penalty and Canada evened the score on a great set up from Tyler Benson from behind the net to Jordan Kyrou, who was alone at the post and scored into the open net.
The Canadians were more aggressive around the goal in the second but couldn’t beat Sukhachev. Pierre-LucDubois (Cape Breton) had one called off as the net was dislodged, after scoring on a brilliant pass from Sam Steel.
The third period started with a good chances on both sides. Canada pressed hard and the Russians responded but the both goalkeepers were unbeatable.
The five-minute overtime was scoreless and the game went to a shoot out.
Nolan Patrick scored the winner with a perfect shot into top corner on Canada’s first attempt, which turned out to be Canada’s only goal.
Wells was perfect, stopping Shvyriev, Makeyev and Ivanov.
Both netminders were chosen as game MVPs.
After the game Canadian head coach Stan Butler commented: “We just try to keep them focused. If we just kept playing our game, eventually we thought we´d get one. Wellsy was great today and then in the shootout. We could have gone 20 shooters and I don´t think any of them would have got behind him.”
Team Canada Roster:
|31||G||Carter HART||Everett (WHL)||13/8/1998||17 years||184 cm||80 kg||L|
|30||G||Dylan WELLS||Peterborough (OHL)||3/1/1998||17 years||188 cm||85 kg||L|
|2||D||Jake BEAN||Calgary (WHL)||6/9/1998||16 years||181 cm||79 kg||L|
|10||D||Kale CLAGUE||Brandon (WHL)||5/6/1998||17 years||181 cm||85 kg||L|
|3||D||Dante FABBRO||Penticton (BCHL)||20/6/1998||17 years||183 cm||86 kg||R|
|23||D||Samuel GIRARD||Shawinigan (QMJHL)||12/5/1998||17 years||177 cm||73 kg||L|
|5||D||Josh MAHURA||Red Deer (WHL)||5/5/1998||17 years||184 cm||81 kg||L|
|28||D||Victor METE||London (OHL)||7/6/1998||17 years||177 cm||79 kg||L|
|18||D||David QUENNEVILLE||Medicine Hat (WHL)||13/3/1998||17 years||173 cm||83 kg||R|
|17||F||Tyler BENSON||Vancouver (WHL)||15/3/1998||17 years||183 cm||92 kg||L|
|14||F||William BITTEN||Flint (OHL)||10/7/1998||17 years||179 cm||75 kg||R|
|9||F||Dilon DUBE||Kelowna (WHL)||20/7/1998||17 years||180 cm||82 kg||L|
|8||F||Pierre-Luc DUBOIS||Cape Breton (QMJHL)||24/6/1998||17 years||184 cm||91 kg||L|
|21||F||Brett HOWDEN||Moose Jaw (WHL)||28/3/1998||17 years||188 cm||88 kg||L|
|7||F||Tyson JOST||Penticton (BCHL)||14/3/1998||17 years||181 cm||87 kg||L|
|26||F||Tanner KASPICK||Brandon (WHL)||28/1/1998||17 years||184 cm||91 kg||L|
|25||F||Jordan KYROU||Sarnia (OHL)||8/5/1998||17 years||183 cm||81 kg||R|
|11||F||Beck MALENSTYN||Calgary (WHL)||4/2/1998||17 years||189 cm||87 kg||L|
|22||F||Michael MCLEOD||Mississauga (OHL)||3/2/1998||17 years||188 cm||86 kg||R|
|19||F||Nolan PATRICK||Brandon (WHL)||19/9/1998||16 years||186 cm||88 kg||R|
|15||F||Zach POIRIER||North Bay (OHL)||12/5/1998||17 years||182 cm||89 kg||R|
|29||F||Sam STEEL||Regina (WHL)||3/2/1998||17 years||179 cm||81 kg||L|
|average :||17 years||182 cm||84 kg|