Yet again team Canada is leaving a junior tournament empty handed and disappointed, sure they won the bronze medal but that’s what they truly came for. After a tough loss in overtime during the semi-final game, the U18 Canadians had a bronze medal match with Sweden to determine who leaves with the last medal. Canada managed to soundly defeat Sweden, 3-1 and claim the bronze.
While it wasn’t the colour any Canadian was hoping for, it’s a medal none the less and speaks to the volume of success Canada has had in the hockey world in 2014. With Gold in both men’s and women’s hockey at the Olympics and another solid U18 tournament, Canada has now medalled in every IIHF hockey event in 2014.
Brendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse and Travis Konecny managed to score goals for Canada and Mason McDonald made 38 saves to solidify the win. Travis Konecny was named one of Canada’s top 3 players in the tournament with 5 points (4 goals) in the 7 games.
Team Canada walked easily through pool play with an impressive 3-0-0-1 before their semi-final loss to the Czech Republic. Canada won gold at the U18 Championship in 2013 after defeating the United States and fell just short of a repeat championship game against the USA.
Next we’ll have a recap of the U18 Gold medal game.