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2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Game #18
Gold
Final
August 11, 2018 7:00 pm MDT
Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
0
0
2
3
1
2
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
10
4
19
15
14
11
40

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
10
1 / 2
14

Game Story

CANADA COMES BACK, BEATS SWEDES FOR HLINKA GRETZKY GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

EDMONTON, Alta. – Sasha Mutala (Vancouver, B.C./Tri-City, WHL) and Alexis Lafrenière (St-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) had two goals apiece, helping Canada score the game’s final six goals and roll past Sweden 6-2 on Saturday night to win the gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

It’s the third consecutive time Canada has won gold at the annual summer under-18 tournament, and the 22nd time in 28 events since 1991.

Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) and Josh Williams (Langley, B.C./Medicine Hat, WHL) had the other goals for the Canadians, who trailed 2-0 less than 12 minutes in, but rallied to take the lead before the end of the first period.

Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Prince George, WHL) stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief of Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Saskatoon, WHL), who lasted only 11 minutes.

Lucas Raymond needed just 42 seconds to get the Swedes on the board, rifling a shot under the cross-bar past Maier for an early power-play goal, and Alexander Holtz chased the Canadian goaltender at 11:33 with another shot upstairs.

Mutala replied just 41 seconds after the Holtz goal, getting his stick on a shot from Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) and Dach tipped in a Lafrenière shot 2:21 after that to tie the game.

Lafrenière scored one of the goals of the tournament to put Canada ahead for good, going end to end and dancing through the Swedes before beating netminder Hugo Alnefelt late in the opening frame.

The Swedes kept Gauthier busy in the second period, directing 10 shots at the Canadian puck-stopper. His best save of the game came midway through the middle stanza, stretching to his left to rob Holtz.

Mutala gave Canada some breathing room without using his stick; he was parked in front of Alnefelt when a Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) shot banked off his cage and in for a 4-2 advantage after 40 minutes.

Canada’s co-leading goal scorers provided the offence in the third period.

Williams made it 5-2 on a beautiful give-and-go with Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Barrie, OHL) five minutes into the final frame before Lafrenière banked a shot off the end-boards, off the skate of Alnefelt and in to finish the scoring at 13:54.

The captain finished with a tournament co-leading 11 points (five goals, six assists), the most recorded by a Canadian at a summer U18 tournament since Nathan MacKinnon posted 11 in 2012.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sasha Mutala
Tripping (2:00)
00:37
GOAL
Goal: Lucas Raymond (power play)

Assists: Alexander Holtz
00:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Max Wahlgren
Delay of Game (2:00)
00:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Bowen Byram
Cross-Checking (2:00)
04:01
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Taylor Gauthier

11:33
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Holtz

Assists: Elmer Söderblom
11:33
GOAL
Goal: Sasha Mutala

Assists: Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens
12:14
GOAL
Goal: Kirby Dach

Assists: Alexis Lafrenière
14:35
PENALTY
Penalty: Joel Wahlgren
Roughing (2:00)
16:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Bowen Byram
Roughing (2:00)
16:00
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière

17:54
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Braden Schneider
Holding (2:00)
01:57
GOAL
Goal: Sasha Mutala

Assists: Dylan Holloway, Dylan Cozens
12:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Philip Broberg
Slashing (2:00)
14:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Josh Williams
Slashing (2:00)
15:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Josh Williams

Assists: Ryan Suzuki, Jamieson Rees
05:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Dylan Holloway
Slashing (2:00)
05:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Ludvig Hedström
Slashing (2:00)
13:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexander Holtz
Cross-Checking (2:00)
13:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan Suzuki
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
13:14
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Lafrenière (power play)

13:54

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Hugo Alnefelt SWE 60 40 34 6 0.850
Taylor Gauthier CAN 48 16 16 0 1.000
Nolan Maier CAN 11 3 1 2 0.333

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
GA 0 - SV - 16 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - 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.