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U18 Worlds Recap: Canada 12, Sweden 1

Shane Wright’s hat trick and a four-point night from Brandt Clarke headlined an impressive victory for Canada in its tournament opener

Jamie Umbach
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April 27, 2021
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GAME STATS: CANADA 12, SWEDEN 1

FRISCO, Texas – They haven’t played in HOW long?

Right from puck drop, you could sense the urgency in the skates of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to make up for lost time in the last 14 months.

Led by a hat trick from captain Shane Wright (Burlington, Ont./Kingston, OHL) and two goals and two assists from defenceman Brandt Clarke (Ottawa, Ont./Barrie, OHL), Canada opened the floodgates and its 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship account with victory on Tuesday in a dominating 12-1 performance against reigning gold medallist Sweden.

While the offence might have overshadowed his good night, goaltender Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL) was excellent in the Canadian crease, making 28 saves. Only a well-placed shot from Swedish blueliner Simon Forsmark with the game well out of reach at 10-0 in the third period eluded him.

Wright uncorked a wrister from the top of the circle on the power play to open the scoring 5:19 into the opening frame before goals from Clarke, Brett Harrison (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Francesco Pinelli (Stoney Creek, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) had the Canadians firmly in control just 14 minutes in.

Viggo Andren relieved Carl Lindbom in the Swedish goal after the Pinelli marker in the first period, and he was beaten by Wright just 30 seconds into the second after Brennan Othmann (Pickering, Ont./Flint, OHL) took a hit at the blueline to set up his former Don Mills Flyers teammate.

A shorthanded tally for Wright with just 63 seconds left in the middle frame marked an all-situations hat trick, as the 17-year-old marked his official U18 debut with shorthanded, even-strength and power-play goals.

Mason McTavish (Carp, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) went upstairs on Andren 3:52 into the final frame before Clarke took up an advanced position near the goalmouth and banged home his second of the night to make it double digits for Canada – up 10-0 with over 10 minutes left in the contest.

Relentless pressure helped Canada earn all the bounces too, with Wyatt Johnston (Toronto, Ont./Windsor, OHL) the benefactor of a friendly deflection off a Swedish skate in front that found its way just 40 seconds after Sweden finally found the scoreboard through Forsmark.

Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) rounded out the scoring five minutes from time as Canada put the stamp on a deserved and commanding victory.

It’s an impressive win for Canada after coming together in Texas after a long layoff, where a number of players pursued playing time overseas or were left without hockey completely during the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) season.

It can only come as a relief, and a motivator, as Canada continues prelim play Wednesday against Latvia (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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2021 U18WC: CAN 5 – RUS 3 (Gold Medal)
Wright scored twice to lead Canada to its fourth U18 gold medal.
2021 U18WC: CAN 8 – SWE 1 (Semifinal)
Bedard finished with 2G 3A to send Canada into the semifinals.
2021 U18WC: CAN 10 – CZE 3 (Quarterfinal)
Bedard finished with 2G 3A to send Canada into the semifinals.
2021 U18WC: CAN 5 – BLR 2 (Preliminary)
Wright and McTavish scored 2G each to help Canada finish perfect.
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