Team Canada U18 Makes it Eight Straight

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BRECLAV, Czech Republic –

After the 2-0 empty-net Canada win in the preliminaries, hockey fans were expecting a tight game in the gold medal rematch vs Sweden in the final of this year’s Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament, held annually in the Czech Republic.

Instead Canada blew the game wide open with a 4-0 opening period onslaught that proved to be too much for the Swedes to overcome.

Pierre-Luc Dubois opened with a wrist shot over Swedish goaltender Filip Gustavsson’s left shoulder at the 2:28 mark then about nine minutes later, tucked in his second.

With about four minutes left in the period, Mike McLeod got a rebound in front of the goal and scored, then just 55 seconds later, Tyler Benson followed it up to make it 4-0.

Gustavsson was then pulled by coach Torgny Bendelin and replaced with Isak Wallin.

Tanner Kaspick made it 5-0 around the middle of the second before the Swedes scored their first about four minutes later on a goal by Jesper Bratt, who beat Dylan Wells with a quick one timer on a pass from behind the net.

However it wasn’t long before Canada’s Jordan Kyrou restored the five goal lead with a quick shot from the right face-off circle that beat Wallin glove side, to close out scoring in the second.

At the beginning of the third, Canadian captain Brett Howden was assessed a five minute major (and game) for slashing, which gave the Swedes some hope. They capitalized with two, the first from Alexander Nylander and the second from Willam Fallstrom about a minute later, then took their own penalty and negated the balance of the major.

Canada settled into a defensive stance after the two goals, before White Rock’s Beck Malentyn finished off a nice passing play from Tyler Jost to complete the scoring at 7-3.

The win made it eight straight gold medals for Canada at the tournament, and 20 out of 25 since the beginning of the tournament.

After the game, an elated Dubois, who was awarded game MVP, recounted the first goal and commented on the boost the early goal gave the team.

“I was just so excited when that first goal went in the net. We had a lot of confidence going in and when the puck went in the net, that confidence was boosted even further. We just kept going and had an awesome game.”

Dubois went on to be named the game’s MVP.

“We were getting better with every game in the tournament. We knew we were going to have to come out hard. We knew they would. So we popped in a few early and then just kept building off of that”, explained Michael McLeod, who ended the day with a goal and an assist.

Swedish head coach Bendelin said the biggest difference was the energy.

“We just didn’t have the energy today,” he said after the game. “Despite everything, we took the silver medal and it was, I believe, the third time in 18 years. So if I look at the big picture, I’m very proud of this team.”

For many viewers of the tournament, Swedish goaltender Filip Gustavsson had become the big story. After the initial 4-3 victory over Switzerland, he allowed only two goals against in his next three outings, having only let in one goal against Canada in their preliminary match.

For Canada, the tournament was a resounding success.

Team Canada Roster:

Goaltenders

#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
30 Dylan Wells G L 6’1.5” 187 01/03/1998 St. Catharines, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2016 Draft
31 Carter Hart G L 6’0.5” 177 08/13/1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Everett (WHL) 2016 Draft

Defense

#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
2 Jake Bean D L 5’11.75” 173 09/06/1998 Calgary, Alta. Calgary (WHL) 2016 Draft
3 Dante Fabbro  D R 6’0.25” 189 06/20/1998 Coquitlam, B.C. Penticton (BCHL) 2016 Draft
5 Josh Mahura D L 6’0.25” 178 05/05/1998 St. Albert, Alta. Red Deer (WHL) 2016 Draft
10 Kale Clague D L 5’11.75” 177 06/05/1998 Lloydminster, Alta. Brandon (WHL) 2016 Draft
18 David Quenneville D R 5’8” 182 03/13/1998 Edmonton, Alta. Medicine Hat (WHL) 2016 Draft
23 Samuel Girard D L 5’9.5” 160 05/12/1998 Roberval, Que. Shawinigan (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
28 Victor Mete D L 5’9.5” 174 06/07/1998 Woodbridge, Ont. London (OHL) 2016 Draft

Forwards

#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
7 Tyson Jost F L 5’11” 191 03/14/1998 Kelowna, B.C. Penticton (BCHL) 2016 Draft
8 Pierre-Luc Dubois F L 6’2.5” 201 06/24/1998 Rimouski, Que. Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
9 Dillon Dube F L 5’10.25” 180 07/20/1998 Cochrane, Alta. Kelowna (WHL) 2016 Draft
11 Beck Malenstyn F L 6’1.75” 191 02/04/1998 Delta, B.C. Calgary (WHL) 2016 Draft
14 William Bitten  F R 5’9.75” 164 07/10/1998 Gloucester, Ont. Plymouth (OHL) 2016 Draft
15 Zach Poirier F R 5’11.25” 197 05/12/1998 Mountain, Ont. North Bay (OHL) 2016 Draft
17 Tyler Benson F L 5’11.75” 201 03/15/1998 Edmonton, Alta. Vancouver (WHL) 2016 Draft
19 Nolan Patrick F R 6’2” 193 09/19/1998 Winnipeg, Man. Brandon (WHL) 2017 Draft
21 Brett Howden F L 6’2.25” 193 03/28/1998 Oakbank, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2016 Draft
22 Michael McLeod F R 6’2.25” 188 02/03/1998 Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2016 Draft
25 Jordan Kyrou F R 6’0” 178 05/08/1998 Toronto, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) 2016 Draft
26 Tanner Kaspick F L 6’0.25” 200 01/28/1998 Brandon, Man. Brandon (WHL) 2016 Draft
29 Sam Steel  F L 5’11” 177 02/03/1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Regina (WHL) 2016 Draft

 

This year’s 43 U18 Invitees:

Staff: Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.

June 23, 2015:

Goalies R/L Ht Wt DoB Hometown Current Team Pro Status
Evan Fitzpatrick L 6’4” 202 1/28/98 Lower Sackville, N.S. Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Carter Hart L 6’0” 165 8/13/98 Sherwood Park, Alta. Everett (WHL) 2016 Draft
Stuart Skinner L 6’4” 196 11/1/98 Edmonton, Alta Lethbridge (WHL) 2017 Draft
Dylan Wells L 6’2” 165 1/3/98 St. Catharines, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2016 Draft
Defence R/L Ht Wt DoB Hometown Current Team Pro Status
Josh Anderson L 6’3” 215 8/29/98 Duncan, B.C. Prince George (WHL) 2016 Draft
Jake Bean L 6’0” 175 9/6/98 Calgary, Alta. Calgary (WHL) 2016 Draft
Jakob Chychrun L 6’2” 194 3/31/98 Toronto, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) 2016 Draft
Kale Clague L 6’0” 194 6/5/98 Lloydminster, Alta. Brandon (WHL) 2016 Draft
Sean Day L 6’2” 229 1/9/98 Toronto, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2016 Draft
Dante Fabbro R 6’1” 185 6/20/98 Coquitlam, B.C. Penticton (BCHL) 2016 Draft
Samuel Girard L 5’9” 155 5/12/98 Roberval, Que. Shawinigan (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Luke Green R 5’11” 174 1/12/98 Bedford, N.S. Saint John (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Nicolas Hague R 6’5” 200 12/5/98 Kitchener, Ont. Kitchener (GOJHL) 2017 Draft
Josh Mahura L 6’0” 165 5/5/98 St. Albert, Alta. Red Deer (WHL) 2016 Draft
Ryely McKinstry L 6’1” 182 7/26/98 Calgary, Alta. Vancouver (WHL) 2016 Draft
Victor Mete L 5’10” 165 6/7/98 Woodbridge, Ont. London (OHL) 2016 Draft
Keaton Middleton L 6’5” 215 2/10/98 Stratford, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) 2016 Draft
Jacob Neveu R 6’2” 194 1/12/98 Rouyn-Noranda, Que. Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
David Quenneville R 5’8” 175 3/13/98 Edmonton, Alta. Medicine Hat (WHL) 2016 Draft
Forwards R/L Ht Wt DoB Hometown Current Team Pro Status
Jonathan Ang R 5’10” 150 1/31/98 Markham, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2016 Draft
Travis Barron L 6’1” 198 8/17/98 Belfountain, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) 2016 Draft
Tyler Benson L 6’0” 196 3/15/98 Edmonton, Alta. Vancouver (WHL) 2016 Draft
William Bitten R 5’9” 154 7/10/98 Gloucester, Ont. Flint (OHL) 2016 Draft
Logan Brown L 6’5” 215 3/5/98 Carleton Place, Ont. Windsor (OHL) 2016 Draft
Dillon Dube L 5’10” 174 7/20/98 Cochrane, Alta. Kelowna (WHL) 2016 Draft
Pierre-Luc Dubois L 6’1” 180 6/24/98 Rimouski, Que. Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Tye Felhaber L 5’11” 182 8/5/98 Pembroke, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) 2016 Draft
Brett Howden L 6’2” 187 3/28/98 Oakbank, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2016 Draft
Tyson Jost L 6’0” 195 3/14/98 Kelowna, B.C. Penticton (BCHL) 2016 Draft
Tanner Kaspick L 6’0” 193 1/28/98 Brandon, Man. Brandon (WHL) 2016 Draft
Jake Kryski L 5’11” 170 8/3/98 Kelowna, B.C. Kamloops (WHL) 2016 Draft
Jordan Kyrou R 5’11” 169 5/8/98 Toronto, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) 2016 Draft
Pascal Laberge R 6’1” 160 4/9/98 Sainte-Martine, Que. Gatineau (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Beck Malenstyn L 6’1” 184 2/4/98 Delta, B.C. Calgary (WHL) 2016 Draft
Adam Mascherin L 5’9” 202 6/6/98 Maple, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) 2016 Draft
Michael McLeod R 6’1” 184 2/3/98 Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2016 Draft
Cameron Morrison L 6’3” 195 8/27/98 Aurora, Ont. Aurora (OJHL) 2016 Draft
Nolan Patrick R 6’3” 192 9/19/98 Winnipeg, Man. Brandon (WHL) 2017 Draft
Miguel Picard L 6’0” 167 5/8/98 St-Gabriel, Que. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2016 Draft
Zach Poirier R 5’11” 186 5/12/98 Mountain, Ont. North Bay (OHL) 2016 Draft
Brandon Saigeon L 6’1” 191 6/14/98 Grimsby, Ont. Hamilton (OHL) 2016 Draft
Sam Steel L 5’11” 165 2/3/98 Sherwood Park, Alta. Regina (WHL) 2016 Draft
Nolan Volcan L 5’8” 183 7/4/98 Edmonton, Alta. Seattle (WHL) 2016 Draft