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Canada headed to semi’s at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Werner Krainbucher

(Courtesy Hockey Canada)  Canada closed preliminary-round action at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with a 6-1 win over Slovakia to bring its round-robin record to 2-1.

  • Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) led the Canadian point-getters, netting two goals and chipping in for one assist in the game.
  • The red-and-white scored four of its six goals while on the power play.
  • Team Canada outshot the Slovaks 39-12.

For game story and stats, visit HockeyCanada.ca/Hlinka

Next game:

The Canadians will now square off against Sweden in the semifinal on Friday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. ET in Bratislava.

Quotes:

“Throughout the tournament, we’ve been getting better every game and every shift; today really showed what we’ve been working on. We’ll be ready to play against Sweden [in the semifinal].”

Alternate captain Jett Woo on the team’s progress throughout the event

“We got better again, and that’s what we’ve been preaching: ‘better every day.’ I thought we took another good step today. I liked our [offensive] zone – I thought we were patient, we moved pucks well. Our special teams were good again. We’re doing what we want to do. But now it’s for real. Now it’s semifinals, and Sweden’s going to be a big task for us, they’ve got a heck of a hockey team, but we’ll be excited for the game.”

Head coach Brent Kisio

Canada has won gold 20 times in 25 years of summer under-18 competition and plays in Group B this year with Finland, Russia, and Slovakia; Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

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