2018 hgc gold medal feature
Tale of the tape: Sweden vs. Canada
How do the last two teams standing at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup match up ahead of the final?
Jason La Rose
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August 11, 2018
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After a pair of heart-stopping semifinals, just two teams remain in the hunt for the gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup – Canada and Sweden will face off Saturday night at Rogers Place for the top prize.

It will be the second time in four days the teams meet – Canada pulled out a thrilling 4-3 win to close out the preliminary round on Wednesday, getting a late winner from Bowen Byram to clinch top spot in Group A.

The Canadians and Swedes have clashed twice before for summer under-18 gold – Brendan Gaunce had a goal and an assist to lead Canada to a 4-1 victory in 2011, and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the first two of four first-period goals in a 7-3 triumph in 2015.

Ahead of the 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT puck drop on TSN, how do the Canadians and Swedes stack up?

AVERAGE HEIGHT
Canada – 6’0¾”
Sweden – 6’0½”

AVERAGE WEIGHT
Canada – 187 lbs.
Sweden – 180 lbs.

AVERAGE AGE
Canada – 17 years, 3 months, 17 days
Sweden – 17 days, 2 months, 14 days

GOAL LEADER
Canada – Josh Williams (4 goals)
Sweden – Lucas Raymond (4 goals)

ASSIST LEADER
Canada – Ryan Suzuki (6 assists)
Sweden – Alexander Holtz (4 assists)

POINT LEADER
Canada – Alexis Lafrenière (8 points)
Sweden – Lucas Raymond (6 points)

GOALS FOR-GOALS AGAINST
Canada – 24-10
Sweden – 14-8

POWER PLAY
Canada – 6 for 16 (37.5%)
Sweden – 5 for 13 (38.5%)

PENALTY KILL
Canada – 14 of 18 (77.8%)
Sweden – 16 of 18 (88.9%)

ALL-TIME MEETINGS
Canada leads 15-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L)

2018 – Canada wins 4-3 (preliminary round)
2017 – Canada wins 4-1 (semifinal)
2016 – Canada wins 4-1 (preliminary round)
2015 – Canada wins 7-3 (gold medal game)
2015 – Canada wins 2-0 (preliminary round)
2014 – Canada wins 5-1 (preliminary round)
2013 – Sweden wins 4-3 (preliminary round)
2012 – Canada wins 7-5 (preliminary round)
2011 – Canada wins 4-1 (gold medal game)
2011 – Sweden wins 5-1 (preliminary round)
2010 – Canada wins 6-3 (preliminary round)
2009 – Canada wins 3-2 (preliminary round)
2008 – Canada wins 4-3 (preliminary round)
2007 – Sweden wins 3-2 SO (preliminary round)
2006 – Canada wins 4-1 (preliminary round)
2005 – Canada wins 4-0 (preliminary round)
2004 – Canada wins 8-2 (preliminary round)
2001 – Canada wins 5-1 (round robin)

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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