Canada strikes Gold


Canada got the lead early in the game for the fourth time in five games, Julio Billia gave nothing to USA, and the canadian U18 team won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament for the sixth consecutive year.


A tight first period

Canada got on the board only 3:58 into the first period. Michael Dal Colle scored on a pass by Spencer Watson to give his country the lead. Canada was able to continue on its momentum and delivers ten shots on the USA net, compared to seven for the United States.


Second period in favor of Canada

Jayce Hawryluk managed to make it 2-0 with an even strength goal in the middle of the period. The lone assist goes to Joe Hicketts. Canada is successful at getting only one goal, and as the period ends, shots are 13-6 for the team with the Maple Leaf, which goes to the locker room with a comfortable lead.


The Americans open the game in the third period

Having no choice but to open up the play and take more risks, the United States give more opportunity to attack. Canada capitalizes on its chances by scoring twice. First, Aaron Ekblad gets the puck past Alex Nedeljkovic, assisted by Brayden Point and Spencer Watson. Then, Brendan Lemieux scores the last Canadian goal of the tournament with the help of Point and Watson. Shots ended up 9-7 for USA in the final frame.

The match ended by the score of 4-0. The shots on goal were in Canada’s favor, 30-21.


Other notes

– Both Sherbrooke Phoenix players, Daniel Audette and Carl Neill, were kept off the scoresheet.

– Julio Billia has the shutout, picking up 21 saves. He finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, An estimated 1,60 GAA and a 90.8% efficiency.

– Spencer Watson finished the tournament with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in five games, the top scorer of the tournament for Canada.