Thursday, 17 April 2014

Canada Opens U18 with Win

  Canada opened the World Under-18 Hockey Championship with a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Thursday.

  Jake Virtanen of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen scored twice while Matt Barzal of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds had the other goal for Canada.

  The Canadian team includes the Wheat Kings' trio of John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Ryan Pilon along with Elkhorn's Travis Sanheim of the Hitmen.

  Hawryluk did not play for Canada after arriving in Finland on Wednesday, but did skate Thursday and is expected to play Saturday as he continues to come back from the upper body injury that caused him to miss Game Five of the Wheat Kings second round series against the Edmonton Oil Kings.  

  Canada's next game is Saturday against Germany (8 a.m. CDT).

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