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Hlinka Gretzky Cup Recap: Canada 9, Slovakia 1

Yager scored two goals and set up two others as Canada continued to roll offensively, downing Slovakia

August 2, 2022


RED DEER, Alta. Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team remained perfect at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Tuesday night with a 9-1 win over Slovakia.

Brayden Yager (Saskatoon, Sask./Moose Jaw, WHL) led the way with two goals and two assists.
Riley Heidt (Saskatoon, Sask./Prince George, WHL), scored twice.
Caden Price (Saskatoon, Sask./Kelowna, WHL), Andrew Cristall (Burnaby, B.C./Kelowna, WHL), Calum Ritchie (Oakville, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Carson Rehkopf (Utopia, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) recorded two assists each.
Tanner Molendyk (McBride, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) finished the night with a goal and an assist.
Zach Benson (Chilliwack, B.C./Winnipeg, WHL) and Cameron Allen (Toronto, Ont./Guelph, OHL) scored their first goals of the tournament.
Ethan Gauthier (Drummondville, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), scored his team leading fourth goal of the tournament.
Tanner Howe (Prince Albert, Sask./Regina, WHL) scored his second goal of the tournament.
Colby Barlow (Orillia, Ont./London, OHL), Denver Barkey (Newmarket, Ont./London, OHL) and Matthew Wood (Nanaimo, B.C./Victoria, BCHL), and Benson all contributed with assists.
Carson Bjarnason (Carberry, Man./Brandon, WHL) made 19 saves.
• Canada outshot Slovakia 65-20.

Other Scores

• Sweden 9, Switzerland 3 (Game Stats)
• Finland 4, Germany 1 (Game Stats)

Next Games – Wednesday, August 3

• United States vs. Czechia (11 a.m. MT)
• Slovakia vs. Switzerland (3 p.m. MT)
• Canada vs. Sweden (7 p.m. MT)                                                                  

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all Team Canada games from the Peavey Mart Centrium; please check local listings for details.

Full tournament information, including scores, stats, stories and more, is available at HlinkaGretzkyCup.ca.


“Coming off the game vs the Swiss, it’s a bit scary for a coach as you aren’t sure what to expect from, your guys, but we came out tonight with the right mindset. Our puck pressure was non-stop. We were stopping and starting, forcing turnovers and we really used all our guys. Everyone was working hard and deserved the win.”
- Head coach Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) on the win.

“I thought Slovakia had some push back early and that was good for us. I’m proud of the guys, we stood our ground and we had to work. This was a good test; we need to make sure we are sharp heading into the game vs Sweden.”
- Bjarnason on the effort in front of him

“I thought as a group, we played well. Credit to my linemates, they were putting pucks in good places and if I get the chance I’m going to shoot. Luckily tonight, they dropped for me.”
- Yager on his two-goal, four-point performance

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

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