SOCHI, Russia – Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team has won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship after a 3-2 win over the United States in Sunday’s gold medal game.
The gold medal is Canada’s third all-time at the world championship. Overall, Canada has won five medals since first taking part in 2002: three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005) and one bronze (2012).
Canada finished first in Group B in the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record, recording victories over Slovakia (4-1), Germany (3-1), Switzerland (10-1) and Sweden (6-0).
On Sunday, Laurent Dauphin (Repentigny, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) had a goal and an assist and Frédérik Gauthier (Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) scored the winner late in the second period as Canada won despite being outshot 35-12. Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, Man./Kelowna, WHL) scored the other Canadian goal, while Philippe Desrosiers (St-Hyacinthe, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) made 33 saves.
Dauphin scored the lone goal of the first period before the Americans took the lead with two in the first half of the second. Canada had just four shots on goal in the middle frame but scored on two of them, with Bowey tying the game at 12:48, followed by Gauthier at 16:26 with the eventual game-winner.
Following the game, forward Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) was named Top Forward by the IIHF directorate as well as Most Valuable Player, as selected by the media. McDavid led the tournament in scoring, with 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in seven games.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION – MONDAY, APRIL 29
Information is listed alphabetically by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES.
Flight information may change without notice.
Abbotsford, B.C. | 10:49 p.m. | WJ671/455
Calgary, Alta. | 10:45 p.m. | AC145
Shawn Bullock (team manager), Chris Chisamore (video coach), Dillon Heatherington, Morgan Klimchuk, Josh Morrissey
Ottawa, Ont. | 9:13 p.m. | AC466
Chris Hamilton (equipment manager), Yves Sarault (assistant coach)
Montreal, Que. | 9:15 p.m. | AC426
Laurent Dauphin, Philippe Desrosiers, Frédérik Gauthier, Yan-Pavel Laplante
Quebec City, Que. | 10:18 p.m. | AC8926
Michael Morin (equipment manager), Samuel Morin
Toronto, Ont. | 4:45 p.m. | AA3819
Nick Baptiste, Sam Bennett, Chris Bigras, Madison Bowey, Roland McKeown, Zach Nastasiuk, Carter Verhaeghe
Toronto, Ont. | 5:40 p.m. | TA17
Jason Dickinson, Hunter Garlent, Jody Hull (assistant coach), Spencer Martin, Connor McDavid, Nick Ritchie, Ron Tugnutt (goaltender coach)
Vancouver, B.C. | 10:13 p.m. | AC33
Don Hay (head coach), Sam Reinhart
*Windsor, Ont. | 12:31 a.m. | AC7761
Dr. Roy Diklich (team doctor), Joey Garland (therapist)
Winnipeg, Man. | 10:00 p.m. | AC271
*April 30 arrival
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