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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
August 6, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
3
5
2
10

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
5
4
15
16
17
15
48

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
10
2 / 5
8

Game Story

CANADA SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN, BLANKS SWISS

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) scored twice and added an assist, Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park, Alta./Edmonton, WHL) and Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Barrie, OHL) had a goal and two helpers apiece, and Canada got goals from nine different players in a 10-0 win over Switzerland to open its schedule at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Monday night.

Playing its first summer under-18 game on home ice in 22 years, the Canadians opened the scoring within the first five minutes and took total control with a five-goal second period.

It’s the first time Canada has hit double digits in a game since an 11-5 win over the U.S. in 2014, and the first time it has won by at least 10 since a 12-2 victory over Slovakia in 2000.

After an apparent first-minute goal was waved off, Canada got on the board for real when a Maxence Guenette (Ancienne-Lorette, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) shot bounced off the end-boards and onto the stick of Graeme Clarke (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, OHL), who tapped in the 1-0 goal at 4:49.

Suzuki added a second goal just over two minutes later, wiring in a power-play marker, and Jakob Pelletier (Quebec City, Que./Moncton, QMJHL) found himself all alone in front of Swiss goaltender Sascha Ruppelt to make it 3-0 after one period.

Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge, WHL) struck on another Canadian man advantage, finishing off a Suzuki feed just 4:41 into the second period before the floodgates fully opened.

Xavier Parent (Blainville, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) scored on the power play, Robertson jumped into the rush to add another, Guenette went top shelf on the short side and Krebs finished a tic-tac-toe passing play to make it 8-0.

In all, Canada scored four goals in three minutes and 24 seconds to take an eight-goal lead to the intermission.

The Parent goal was the end of the night for Ruppelt, who was replaced by Thibault Fatton after allowing five goals on 26 shots. Fatton made 21 saves on 26 chances the rest of the way.

Dach and Suzuki worked the give-and-go to perfection for a shorthanded goal early in the third period before Krebs swept in his second of the game with less than two minutes left to push the Canadians into double digits.

Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Saskatoon, WHL) was solid in the Canadian goal, making 15 saves to record the shutout.

Canada looks to remain perfect when it takes on Slovakia on Tuesday night (7 p.m. MT), while the Swiss have a quick turnaround ahead of their matinee against Sweden (3 p.m. MT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Peyton Krebs
Kneeing (2:00)
00:50
GOAL
Goal: Graeme Clarke

Assists: Maxence Guenette, Matthew Robertson
04:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Aron Welter
Slashing (2:00)
06:29
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Suzuki (power play)

Assists: Justin Barron, Dylan Cozens
06:55
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Sascha Huber)
Delay of Game (2:00)
12:56
GOAL
Goal: Jakob Pelletier

Assists: Sasha Mutala, Dylan Holloway
15:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Kaedan Korczak
Tripping (2:00)
16:43
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Noah Delémont
High-Sticking (2:00)
04:07
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Cozens (power play)

Assists: Ryan Suzuki, Justin Barron
04:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Inaki Baragano
Hooking (2:00)
08:40
GOAL
Goal: Xavier Parent

Assists: Alexis Lafrenière, Graeme Clarke
09:51
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Thibault Fatton

09:51
GOAL
Goal: Matthew Robertson

Assists: Samuel Poulin, Peyton Krebs
10:34
GOAL
Goal: Maxence Guenette

Assists: Sasha Mutala, Jakob Pelletier
11:52
GOAL
Goal: Peyton Krebs

Assists: Kirby Dach, Alexis Lafrenière
13:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Kaedan Korczak
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamieson Rees
Late Hit (2:00)
19:57
3rd Period
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Kirby Dach

Assists: Ryan Suzuki
01:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Nicolas Hasler
Late Hit (2:00)
08:05
GOAL
Goal: Peyton Krebs

Assists: Matthew Robertson, Kaedan Korczak
18:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Sascha Ruppelt SUI 29 26 21 5 0.808
Thibault Fatton SUI 30 22 17 5 0.773
Nolan Maier CAN 60 15 15 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 5 - SV - 21 - SAV% - 0.808
GA 0 - SV - 15 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3

Previous Games

2 - 8 L @ FinlandFIN
Aug 10, 2018
6 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Aug 11, 2018
3 - 5 L @ SlovakiaSVK
Aug 8, 2018
6 - 5 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 10, 2018
0 - 5 L @ SwedenSWE
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.