Poprad, Slovakia – Stelio Mattheos of the Brandon Wheat Kings scored twice, including the overtime-winning goal, as Team Canada edged Slovakia 4-3 on Saturday at the 2017 IIHF World U-18 Championship.
Mattheos, who was recently ranked 38th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft, scored 2:38 into overtime to give Canada its second victory of the tournament.
The 17-year-old product of Winnipeg scored earlier in the contest to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Also contributing for Canada was Kyle Olson of the Tri-City Americans, who registered Canada’s first goal of the game to tie the contest 1-1 in the first period.
Canada led 3-1 after 20 minutes of play before Slovakia worked its way back into the contest with goals from Patrik Hrehorcak and Adam Liska. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm, OHL) scored Canada’s third goal.
Between the pipes, Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders made 26 saves to backstop Canada.
The outcome leaves Canada (1-1-0-0) second in Group A with five points, trailing Finland (2-0-0-0) by one point. International hockey awards three points for a regulation victory, two points for an overtime victory, a single point for an overtime loss and zero points for a regulation loss.
Next up, Canada will face Switzerland on Monday, April 17 (7:30 a.m. MT). Preliminary action wraps up Tuesday, April 18 (7:30 a.m. MT) when Canada takes on Finland.