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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #8
Preliminary
Final
August 7, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
4
8
19
15
21
22
58

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
8
1 / 3
8

Game Story

CANADA HOLDS OFF SLOVAK COMEBACK, EARN SEMIFINAL BERTH

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Alexis Lafrenière (St-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) and Josh Williams (Langley, B.C./Medicine Hat, WHL) had a goal and an assist each, sending Canada into the semifinals at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a 4-2 win over Slovakia on Tuesday night.

The Canadians controlled the puck for long stretches, finishing with a massive 58-19 advantage in shots on goal, but struggled to put pucks behind Slovak netminder David Borak, who was absolutely spectacular in a 54-save performance.

Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) had the best opportunity in a scoreless first period, hitting the post behind Borak late in the opening frame.

Lafrenière didn’t waste any time once the puck dropped to start the second; cutting onto the left wing, the Canadian captain snapped home the 1-0 goal after his first shot hit a Slovak stick and dropped back at his feet.

Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) extended the lead to two late in the middle frame, jumping on the rebound of a Williams shot and going five-hole on Borak.

After Graeme Clarke (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) roofed a pretty pass from Dach to make it 3-0 on the power play just 78 seconds into the third period, the Canadians looked to be in complete control.

But Andrej Golian had his shot deflect off a Canadian stick and past goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Prince George, WHL) at 5:33, and Artur Turansky chipped a power-play marker up and over Gauthier four minutes later to make it a one-goal game.

Canada kept its foot on the gas, though, and Jamieson Rees (Hamilton, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) went cross-crease to Williams at 12:12 for a two-goal advantage and a little bit of breathing room.

Justin Barron (Halifax, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) added two more assists for the Canadians; the blue-liner has a tournament-leading four helpers through two games.

The win means the Canadians will take on Sweden for first place in Group A in the preliminary-round finale Wedensday night (7 p.m. MT), while the Slovaks will meet Switzerland in a match-up of winless teams (3 p.m. MT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Samuel Knazko
Interference (2:00)
03:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Bowen Byram
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
04:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexis Lafrenière
High-Sticking (2:00)
10:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Kaedan Korczak
Delay of Game (2:00)
12:12
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière

Assists: Justin Barron, Peyton Krebs
01:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxim Cajkovic
Roughing (2:00)
14:43
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Holloway

Assists: Josh Williams, Justin Barron
16:51
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Artur Turansky
Hooking (2:00)
01:18
GOAL
Goal: Graeme Clarke (power play)

Assists: Kirby Dach, Alexis Lafrenière
02:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxim Cajkovic
Slashing (2:00)
02:56
GOAL
Goal: Andrej Golian

Assists: Oliver Turan, Michal Mrazik
05:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Sasha Mutala
Tripping (2:00)
08:29
GOAL
Goal: Artur Turansky (power play)

Assists: Maxim Cajkovic, Matej Ilencik
09:32
GOAL
Goal: Josh Williams

Assists: Jamieson Rees, Ryan Suzuki
12:12

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
David Borak SVK 60 58 54 4 0.931
Taylor Gauthier CAN 60 19 17 2 0.895

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

3 - 8 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Aug 10, 2018
6 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Aug 11, 2018
5 - 3 W v SwitzerlandSUI
Aug 8, 2018
6 - 5 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 10, 2018
2 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
Aug 7, 2018
4 - 3 W v SwedenSWE
Aug 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: RUS 5 – USA 4 (Bronze Medal)
Polkolzin scored a hat trick to lead the Russians to the bronze medal.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Gold Medal)
Mutala and Lafrenière had 2G each, and Canada won a 22nd U18 gold.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: SWE 2 – RUS 1 (Semifinal)
Henriksson scored with 44 seconds left to send Sweden to the final.
2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: FIN 8 – SUI 2 (7th Place)
Nikkanen had 2G 4A, and the Finns scored five in the first period.