Shootout Win advances Canada U18 to Final

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U18s celebrate shootout win and trip to gold medal


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:

# pos. name 2014 club born age height weight stick
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