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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #12
Preliminary
Final
August 8, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
11
8
21
12
11
12
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 6
8
1 / 4
12

Game Story

CANADA SURVIVES WILD THIRD PERIOD, BEATS SWEDES FOR FIRST PLACE

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) scored a power-play goal with 2:26 to go, sending Canada atop Group A at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a 4-3 win over Sweden on Wednesday night.

The teams combined to score three goals in just over four minutes late in the third, with the Canadians taking the lead and the Swedes tying it before Byram hammered a point shot through traffic and under the arm of Swedish goaltender Jesper Wallstedt for the winner.

The victory means Canada will face the United States in the second semifinal Friday (7 p.m. MT), right after Sweden takes on Russia (3 p.m. MT).

The Canadians dominated the shot clock in the first period, outshooting Sweden 12-2, but both teams found the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes.

Lucas Raymond was first for the Swedes, tapping in a cross-crease feed from Alexander Holtz, but Josh Williams (Langley, B.C./Medicine Hat, WHL) one-timed in a one-touch pass from Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Barrie, OHL)to pull the boys in black even three minutes later.

Alexis Lafrenière (St-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) netted the lone goal in the second period, picking up a rebound off the end-boards and beating a sprawling Wallstedt for the 2-1 marker.

The Swedes answered eight minutes into the third period when Holtz gathered in a pass in the slot and whipped a quick shot over the glove of Canadian netminder Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Saskatoon, WHL) to tie the game.

With the minutes ticking away it was Matthew Robertson (Sherwood Park, Alta./Edmonton, WHL) who restored the Canadian advantage, pinching in off the blue-line and finding space over the short-side shoulder of Wallstedt, but Elmer Söderblom redirected a Tobias Björnfot shot past Maier to even things up again with 4:16 left.

That set up the Byram heroics, which in turn led to a hectic finish.

A late Canadian penalty gave the Swedes hope and Wallstedt went to the bench for a six-on-four advantage, but Maier and the penality-killing unit did their jobs to lock down the three points.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Sjöberg
Late Hit (2:00)
03:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Sasha Mutala
Hooking (2:00)
12:26
GOAL
Goal: Lucas Raymond (power play)

Assists: Alexander Holtz, Elmer Söderblom
13:37
GOAL
Goal: Josh Williams

Assists: Ryan Suzuki, Kaedan Korczak
15:34
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kaedan Korczak
High-Sticking (2:00)
00:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Bowen Byram
Slashing (2:00)
06:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxence Guenette
Tripping (2:00)
10:34
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière

Assists: Justin Barron, Kirby Dach
12:51
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Lucas Raymond)
Face-off Violation (2:00)
15:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Arvid Costmar
Holding (2:00)
18:03
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Holtz

Assists: Lucas Raymond
07:58
GOAL
Goal: Matthew Robertson

Assists: Ryan Suzuki, Jamieson Rees
13:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Vukojevic
Slashing (2:00)
15:08
GOAL
Goal: Elmer Söderblom (power play)

Assists: Tobias Björnfot, Alexander Holtz
15:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Philip Broberg
Cross-Checking (2:00)
16:32
GOAL
Goal: Bowen Byram (power play)

Assists: Alexis Lafrenière, Kirby Dach
17:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamieson Rees
Holding (2:00)
18:34

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Jesper Wallstedt SWE 58 35 31 4 0.886
Nolan Maier CAN 60 21 18 3 0.857

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

2 - 6 L @ CanadaCAN
Aug 11, 2018
6 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Aug 11, 2018
2 - 1 W @ RussiaRUS
Aug 10, 2018
6 - 5 W v United StatesUSA
Aug 10, 2018
3 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
Aug 8, 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.