LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Canada’s Youth Olympic Games’ hockey team added a second silver medal to Team Canada’s seven podium finishes at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Canada faced the U.S. in the final, and were down by two goals entering the third frame. Despite goals from Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Toronto Jr. Canadiens, ONMMAAA) and Allan McShane (Collingwood, Ont./Toronto Marlboros, ONMMAAA), the Canadians dropped a 5-2 decision on their way to earning the silver medal.
“I think the game was pretty even,” said head coach Martin Raymond. “We had to kill many penalties, and that doesn’t help when you play a big, physical, talented team. We beat them earlier this week and they beat us today; unfortunately, they won the game that matters the most.”
Canada earned the bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. Sunday’s gold marks the first Youth Olympic Winter Games medal in hockey for the U.S.
Forward Luka Burzan (Surrey, B.C./Valley West BCMML) notched four goals and three assists in Canada’s six games to lead the tournament in points.
In the bronze-medal game on Saturday, Russia defeated Finland 6-2 to capture their second medal in Games’ history; Russia won silver at the 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games.
Canada finished first in the preliminary round with a 3-1 record, with wins over Finland (5-1), the United States (4-2), and Norway (6-0), and losing only to Russia (4-3) in its opening game. Canada defeated Finland (4-3) in a shootout in Friday’s semifinal.
The 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games bring together young athletes from around the world to participate in a unique cultural experience and international sporting competition.