World Under-18 Championship: Canada pulverized in the semi-finals

World Under-18 Championship: Canada pulverized in semi-finals


Sweden obviously know how to exploit Canada's weaknesses at the U18 World Championship. Saturday, in the semifinals, the maple leaf was manhandled and lost 7 to 2. 

Despite a promising start to the match, the Canadian team collapsed during of the second portion of the match. Sweden will thus face the United States in the grand final. 

Recall that during the first duel of the preliminary phase, the “Three Crowns” also made fun of the maple leaf, the winning 8-0.

The talented Macklin Celebriniーwho will join Lane Hutson at Boston University next seasonーopened the scoring for Canada.

Angus MacDonell also hit the target in the first period, but the Swedes replied through Tom Willander and David Edstrom.

Staggering and visibly annoyed by an injury in the first period, Carson Bjarnason was replaced by Quebec goaltender Gabriel D'Aigle before the middle period. However, the member of the Victoriaville Tigres also struggled, allowing four goals on 15 shots.

Edstrom scored his second goal of the game at his expense, like Otto Stenberg, author of a double. Anton Wahlberg and Zeb Forsfjall put the game out of reach for the Canadians.

Jeff Truitt's squad will try not to leave Switzerland empty-handed on Sunday. They will face Slovakia in the bronze medal match.

Americans dominating

In the other semi-final on the schedule, young forward Will Smith continued to boost his bid for the National Hockey League draft by scoring a hat trick in a 7-1 win over the United States. of Slovakia.

With no less than 19 points, Smith is only two points away from Nikita Kucherov's record, set in 2011 at this annual classic.

“ It's pretty cool, I think, launched the one who should be one of the first players to hear his name being called at the auction of the Bettman circuit. But it doesn't matter if we don't win. We're here for the gold.”

Smith stormed the surprising Slovaks in the first half, hitting the target twice. He completed his hat-trick in the very beginning of the second period.

Lane Hutson's little brother, Cole, also contributed to the demolition work by obtaining a goal and an assist.

Sal Guzzo, Danny Nelson and Cole Eiserman completed the scoring for Uncle Sam's team.

Unsurprisingly, Dalibor Dvorsky provided Slovakia's reply. He has contributed to the last eight successes of his team, obtaining five goals and three assists.