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Gauthier, Canada comeback against Finland in U18s opener

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Despite trailing 3-0 in the first half of the game, Team Canada’s Under-18 team recorded a 5-3 win against Finland in their first game of the IIHF U18 World Championship.

A highlight performance for Team Canada included highly-ranked 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Tracey and his game-tying goal on the power play in the third period. After receiving a pass from Kamloops Blazers’ forward Connor Zary, Tracey was able to complete the two-on-one rush to spark Canada’s go-ahead momentum.

Tracey’s goal was shortly followed by his second goal of the game, which was made possible by a smart feed from 2019 NHL draft prospect Peyton Krebs, to ensure the win for Canada.

To firmly seal the deal, captain Peyton Krebs then potted an empty-net goal with 31.4 seconds left in the game.

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Kaeden Korczak, also a 2019 NHL Draft prospect ranked highly among top North American skaters, notched an assist on Canada’s second goal of the game.

Supporting Team Canada’s win was Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier who stopped 39 of 42 shots from Finland. After NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking for the 2019 NHL Draft, Gauthier is ranked seventh among North American goaltenders.

As they continue their preliminary tournament schedule Canada will look to claim gold for the first time since 2013. Next, they take on Switzerland on Friday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT. Canada will also match up against Belarus and the Czech Republic in the preliminary round before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, April 28.

TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast 15 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship, all quarter-finals, both semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

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