Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs) was perfect in his 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship debut, turning aside all 17 shots he faced as Canada blanked Switzerland 5-0 t0 improve to 3-0.
Five different goal-scorers powered the Canadian attack as Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) opened the scoring in the first period before Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack), Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals) and Chase Wouters (Saskatoon Blades) followed in the second. Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads) converted on a third period power play to cap the five-goal output as Canada outshot Switzerland 39-17.
“We really stuck with it,” said Canada head coach Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers) following the win. “It’s a hard game to play when you have the puck as much as we did. We didn’t get frustrated [when we weren’t scoring]; we found a way to get a short-handed goal, we scored on the power play. It’s important that you have everyone at the top of their game. I thought we did a lot of good things, and we didn’t do anything to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) had an assist, one shot and a plus-two rating. Cole Fonstad (Prince Albert Raiders) had four shots in the game and captain Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) added three shots.
McShane finished the game with a goal and an assist while Oshawa Generals teammate Serron Noel chipped in with two helpers.
Canada remains perfect through three preliminary games while Switzerland falls to 0-3. Canada completes the round robin on Tuesday against undefeated Sweden.
OTHER WU18 SCORES FROM SUNDAY:
Finland 5 (3-0-0-0) – Russia 4 (2-0-0-1)
Sweden 3 (3-0-0-0) – United States 1 (1-0-0-2)
Slovakia 7 (2-0-0-1) – France 1 (0-0-0-3)
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