Team Canada’s current under-18 squad proved every bit as dominant as their predecessors, drubbing Sweden 7-3 to win their eighth straight championship at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Though it’s named for a Czechoslovakian player, make no mistake: the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament has historically belonged to Canada.
That was once again the case on Saturday, as Canada’s latest under-18 squad dropped Sweden 7-3 in the championship game. It was Canada’s eighth straight win at the tournament, and its 20th championship in the tournament’s 25-year history.
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Canada jumped ahead of the Swedes right away, racking up four goals in the first period, including a pair off the stick of Pierre-Luc Dubois. Michael McLeod, Tanner Kaspick, Tyler Benson, Jordan Kyrou and Beck Malenstyn also had tallies in the victory.
William Fallstrom, Alexander Nylander and Jesper Bratt scored for Sweden.
It was Canada’s second victory over Sweden at this year’s tournament, after they shut out the Tre Kronor 2-0 earlier this week.
Sweden settled for silver, while Russia captured bronze earlier in the day with a 4-3 win over Finland.
Dubois, who plays junior for the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, finished the tournament with four goals and nine points in six games.
The 17-year-old center is heading into his second season in Cape Breton, after notching 10 goals, 45 points and 58 penalty minutes in 54 games as a rookie. He also registered two goals and five assists in seven playoff games last season, along with six penalty minutes.