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Canada finished third in Group A after a disappointing loss against the
U.S. Thursday night, missing an opportunity for a bye to the semifinals to
instead meet Slovakia for the first time in the quarterfinals.
Canada’s National U18 Team was served its greatest defeat ever by the
getting blanked 7-0. Canada is the most penalized team in the tournament so
far, adding on seven more penalties in its final preliminary game. The U.S.
capitalized, scoring three times on the power play. After allowing five
goals on 18 shots, Hailey MacLeod swapped with Mari Pietersen who finished
out the game with two goals on 14 saves. Madison Keiser finished with three
points for the U.S., and Laila Edwards and Sydney Morrow added assists to
bring their point totals to seven each—the most in the tournament.
Slovakia needed four goals against Germany to earn one of the top two spots
in Group B, and they did that and then some by
Slovakia’s captain Hana Fancovicova led the way offensively, finishing with
two goals and an assist while Barbora Kapicakova earned player of the game
with two goals of her own.
WHAT TO WATCH
With 121 shots on goal through three preliminary games, the Canadians only
have three goals to show for it and sit last in the tournament for scoring
efficiency. Forcing play to the centre of the ice and creating traffic will
be key for Howie Draper’s forwards as well as staying out of the penalty
box. Canada’s weakness is Slovakia’s strength as it sits second in the
tournament on the power play.
Slovakia’s win over Germany was its first win of the tournament and just
its second win ever at the U18 world championship. While Canada boasts a
much more impressive history, it’s never a good idea to discount an
underdog riding the momentum of a clutch win.
A LOOK BACK
This will be the first time Canada has ever faced Slovakia at the U18 world
championship. 2020 marked the first year Slovakia participated, finishing
just one overtime win against Switzerland.
Slovakia was relegated from the tournament this year but eventually took
the spot of the IIHF-banned Russian team.
Slovakia has 16 goals in eight world championship games played compared to
Canada’s 358 goals in 69 games played since 2008 at this tournament.
However, Slovakia to date has outscored Canada at the 2022 competition,
All-time record: 0-0
Canada goals: 0
Slovakia goals: 0