U-18 gold: Canada makes it 8 straight at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

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.

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.

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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.