2013-14 National Men's Under-18 Team

Canada 7 – Denmark 2


LAPPEENRANTA, Finland – Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) scored twice and added an assist to pace the offence as Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team topped Denmark 7-2 on Monday in its final pre-competition game ahead of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

The Canadians finished their brief exhibition schedule at 1-1 – they dropped a 3-2 decision to Finland on Friday – and open the world championship on Thursday against Sweden in Imatra, Finland.

Ryan Gropp (Kamloops, B.C./Seattle, WHL), Travis Konecny (Clachan, Ont./Ottawa, OHL), Clark Bishop (St. John’s, N.L./Cape Breton, QMJHL), Ben Thomas (Calgary, Alta./Calgary, WHL) and Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, Sask./Red Deer, WHL) also scored for the Canadians, who doubled up the Danes on the shot clock, 46-23.              

Brendan Perlini (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Niagara, OHL) added three assists, while Daniel Audette (Blainville, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) and Conner Bleackley (High River, Alta./Red Deer, WHL) had two helpers each.

The Canadians struck quickly, with Gropp and Konecny making it 2-0 before the game reached the five-minute mark, and Bishop pushed the lead to three at 12:45.

Goals from Emil Grandal and Markus Jensen pulled the Danes to within one early in the second period, but it would be all Canada from that point, with Thomas and Point scoring before the end of the middle frame to restore the three-goal advantage at 5-2.

Point scored his second just 23 seconds into the third period, and Fleury capped a dominating offensive performance by the Canadians at 9:57.

Julio Billia (St-Léonard, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) went the distance in the Canadian goal, finishing with 21 saves, while Lilie Thomas stopped 39 of 46 for the Danes.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match - Round/Ronde Exhibition
Arena/Aréna Kisapuisto Location/Lieu Lappeenranta, FIN
Date Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 Time/Heure 9:00 a.m. ET


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Total
CAN 3 2 2 7
DEN 1 1 0 2


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
03:26 CAN Ryan Gropp (Nicolas Roy, Parker Wotherspoon)
04:42 CAN Travis Konecny (Brendan Perlini)
12:45 CAN Clark Bishop (Daniel Audette, Conner Bleackley)
15:29 DEN Emil Grandal

Penalties/Pénalités :
07:01 DEN Emil Christensen (Hooking/Accrocher)
19:00 DEN Morten Jensen (Hooking/Accrocher)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
05:17 DEN Markus Jensen (Emil Grandal, Lasse Knudsen)
14:05 CAN Ben Thomas (Brayden Point)
19:43 CAN Brayden Point (Brendan Perlini)

Penalties/Pénalités :
08:32 DEN Kristian Jensen (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
15:26 CAN Jared McCann (Slashing/Coup de bâton)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
00:23 CAN Brayden Point (Brendan Perlini)
09:57 CAN Haydn Fleury (Daniel Audette, Conner Bleackley)

Penalties/Pénalités :
05:58 DEN Emil Christensen (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
18:19 DEN Christian Mieritz (Interference/Obstruction)


Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
CAN Julio Billia; Mason McDonald (in 2nd/07:20)
DEN Lilie Thomas


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
CAN 17 11 18 46
DEN 11 7 5 23
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Canada scored four times in the first period to win its seventh straight gold.
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2014 MIH: CAN 5 - SVK 1
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