2016-17 National Men's Under-18 Team

Red 2 - White 5



CALGARY, Alta. – Nick Suzuki (London, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) led the offence with a goal and two assists, helping White to a 5-2 win over Red in the first of three intrasquad games Sunday at Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp.

Suzuki had an assist on the go-ahead goal from Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) in the first period and set up Gabe Vilardi (Kingston, Ont./Windsor, OHL) for the eventual game-winner in the second before adding an insurance goal of his own late in the middle frame.

Comtois, Vilardi and MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) finished with a goal and an assist each.

Entwistle made it 1-0 just past the seven-minute mark of the opening period, circling the net before roofing a shot past Red goaltender Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL), but Shane Bowers (Halifax, N.S./Waterloo, USHL) answered just 49 seconds later to tie the game.

Comtois gave White the lead back for good only 31 seconds after the Bowers goal, finishing off a quick pass in front from Suzuki to send White to the dressing room up 2-1 after one.

Suzuki and Comtois connected again at 12:41 of the second, setting up Vilardi on the power play, but Joël Teasdale (Beloeil, Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) was left alone in the slot to beat White netminder Matt Welsh (Halifax, N.S./Charlottetown, QMJHL) just 14 seconds later.

It was a two-goal advantage again in the final minute of the second period when Suzuki found a loose puck sitting just outside the crease and beat Jacob McGrath (Mississauga, Ont./St. Michael’s/OJHL) under the arm.

Matthew Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) finished the scoring in the third period, taking a drop pass from Entwistle, cutting towards the net and slipping a shot past McGrath.

The three-game intrasquad series continues Monday afternoon (3 p.m. MT), before wrapping up Tuesday (11 a.m. MT). From camp, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Game Information
Game # 1 Round Intrasquad
Arena Markin MacPhail Centre – Arena A Location Calgary, Alta.
Date Sunday, July 31, 2016 Time 6 p.m. MT


Box Score 1 2 3 Total
RED 1 1 0 2
WHT 2 2 1 5


Goals & Penalties
First Period
Goals :
07:19 WHT MacKenzie Entwistle 
08:08 RED Shane Bowers (Ryan McLeod, Jake Leschyshyn)
08:39 WHT Maxime Comtois (Nick Suzuki, Gabe Vilardi)

Penalties :
11:50 RED Austen Keating (Hooking)
15:59 WHT Jonathan Smart (Hooking)
Second Period
Goals :
12:40 WHT Gabe Vilardi (Nick Suzuki, Maxime Comtois) PP
12:54 RED Joël Teasdale (Joseph Veleno, Brady Lyle)
19:16 WHT Nick Suzuki

Penalties :
05:35 RED Markus Phillips (Hooking)
12:03 RED Scott Walford (Interference)
Third Period
Goals :
12:29 WHT Matthew Strome (MacKenzie Entwistle, Greg Meireles)

Penalties :
04:34 WHT Greg Meireles (Slashing)
11:52 RED Antoine Morand (Interference)
12:35 WHT Maxime Comtois (Roughing)
19:10 RED Shane Bowers (Cross-checking)


RED Ian Scott; Jacob McGrath (2nd/09:20)
WHT Michael DiPietro; Matt Welsh (2nd/09:20)


Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
RED 7 3 10 20
WHT 13 9 9 31
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