2017-18 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup
Game #15
Semifinal
Final
August 11, 2017 1:00 pm EDT
Slovnaft Arena
Bratislava, SVK

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
3
4
0
1
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
11
9
26
7
8
10
25

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 6
18
1 / 9
12

Game Story

CANADA BEATS SWEDEN, MOVES INTO HLINKA FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Serron Noel (Ottawa, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) broke open a tie game with just under 12 minutes to go, and Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team advanced to the gold medal game at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with a 4-1 semifinal win over Sweden on Friday.

The Canadians, in search of their ninth gold medal in 10 years at the annual tournament, will travel to Breclav to face the co-host Czech Republic in the final on Saturday (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT).

The teams met in a pre-tournament game last Saturday, with Canada earning a 3-1 victory.

Special teams were the name of the game early in the semifinal, with the Canadians and Swedes getting three chances apiece on the power play in the first period. Despite the opportunities, the game went to the first intermission scoreless.

It stayed that way until the late minutes of the second, when both teams converted with the man advantage.

Akil Thomas (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL) was first for Canada at 15:34 of the middle frame, taking a pass from Calen Addison (Brandon, Man./Lethbridge, WHL) and snapping a shot far-side on Swedish netminder Olof Lindbom, but Lukas Wernblom redirected a shot past Canadian goaltender Olivier Rodrigue (Chicoutimi, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) to tie the game with just three seconds left in the period.

Noel gave Canada back the lead for good at 8:36 of the third, taking up residence at the top of the crease and tapping in a short feed from Jack McBain (Toronto, Ont./Toronto Jr. Canadiens, OJHL).

Just after the Canadians killed the ninth and final Swedish power play, Benoît-Olivier Groulx (Gatineau, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) found the five-hole on Lindbom to provide a little bit of breathing room with less than three minutes to go.

Aidan Dudas (Parry Sound, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) finished the scoring into an empty net with 35 seconds remaining.

Canada spread around the scoring, with 10 players recording points; only Groulx, who set up Dudas in addition to his insurance goal, had more than one.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonatan Berggren
Roughing (2:00)
02:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Dellandrea
Hooking (2:00)
05:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Ginning
Slashing (2:00)
06:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Aidan Dudas
Slashing (2:00)
09:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Oskar Bäck
Slashing (2:00)
10:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack McBain
Tripping (2:00)
14:58
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Rasmus Sandin
Slashing (2:00)
01:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Luka Burzan
Slashing (2:00)
04:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack McBain
Charging (2:00)
07:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Fredrik Granberg
Interference (2:00)
10:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Lukas Wernblom
Roughing (2:00)
13:54
GOAL
Goal: Akil Thomas (power play)

Assists: Calen Addison, Ryan Merkley
15:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Calen Addison
Slashing (2:00)
18:51
GOAL
Goal: Lukas Wernblom (power play)

Assists: Adam Ginning, Filip Johansson
19:57
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Serron Noel
Elbowing (2:00)
00:54
GOAL
Goal: Serron Noel

Assists: Jack McBain, Jared McIsaac
08:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Bahl
Tripping (2:00)
09:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Jett Woo
Charging (2:00)
14:15
GOAL
Goal: Benoît-Olivier Groulx

Assists: Joe Veleno, Ty Smith
17:27
GOAL
Goal: Aidan Dudas

Assists: Benoît-Olivier Groulx
19:25
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Olof Lindbom

19:26
Overtime
No Scoring

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Olivier Rodrigue CAN 60 25 24 1 0.960
Olof Lindbom SWE 59 25 22 3 0.880

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Aug 12, 2017
4 - 3 W @ RussiaRUS
Aug 12, 2017
4 - 1 W @ SwedenSWE
Aug 11, 2017
1 - 4 L v CanadaCAN
Aug 11, 2017
6 - 1 W v SlovakiaSVK
Aug 9, 2017
4 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Aug 9, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017=18 NWDT: USP 2 – GLD 1 (Exhibition)
Knott opened the scoring, but Gold fell a goal short against U SPORTS.
2017-18 NWU18T: BLK 3 – RED 2 OT (Intrasquad)
MacEachern scored the OT winner to get Black the intrasquad sweep.
2017-18 NWDT: GLD 5 – JPN 4 SO (Exhibition)
Leslie got the winner in Round 9 to earn Gold the extra-time victory.
2017-18 NWU18T: RED 2 – RUS 1 (Exhibition)
Veillette and Kollman scored 2:07 apart to get Red its first victory.
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