Aug 15,2014(ISN) – APIESTANY, Slovakia – Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will play for the
gold medal at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup after defeating the United
States 11-5 in Friday’s semifinal in Piestany. Canada will face the Czech Republic,
which defeated Sweden 4-3 in the other semifinal, in the gold medal game on Saturday
in Breclav, Czech Republic (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT).
On Friday, Canada got a hat trick from Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL)
and at least one point from 16 of its 18 skaters to record the semifinal win. Travis
Konecny (Clachan, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) scored twice, while Jansen Harkins (North
Vancouver, B.C./Prince George, WHL), Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL),
Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Kingston, OHL), Adam Musil (Delta, B.C./Red Deer,
WHL), Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) and Tyler Soy (Surrey,
B.C./Victoria, WHL) added singles for Canada, which reached double-digits in goals
in a summer under-18 game for the first time since 2000.
Canada finished first in Group B in preliminary round play with a 3-0 record,
including wins over Switzerland (5-1), Sweden (5-1) and Slovakia (5-1). The Czech
Republic finished atop Group A, also with a 3-0 record.
Saturday’s game will mark the 20th all-time summer under-18 meeting between Canada
and the Czech Republic; Canada holds a 15-2-2 advantage in the first 19 match-ups.
The gold medal game at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will be streamed live