Poprad, Slovakia – Cody Glass didn’t waste any time making an impact for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World U-18 Hockey Championship.
Named to the roster Saturday morning after his Portland Winterhawks were eliminated from the WHL Playoffs Friday night, Glass made his way to Slovakia where he debuted with Canada on Monday, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 7-3 win over Switzerland.
The 18-year-old product of Winnipeg scored 12:29 into the first period, giving Canada a 2-0 lead after Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals, OHL) opened the scoring.
Studnicka made it a 3-0 game before the Swiss battled back in the second period, closing the gap to 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Glass notched his second of the game 1:15 into the third period, padding Canada’s lead. That marker went on to stand as the eventual game-winning tally. At the 9:47 mark, Glass set up Tri-City Americans forward Kyle Olson as Canada took a commanding 5-2 advantage.
After the Swiss got one back courtesy Nando Eggenberger, Stelio Mattheos of the Brandon Wheat Kings replied and MacKenzie Entwhistle (Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL) rounded out the scoring.
Glass, who was recently listed sixth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft, served as a catalyzing force in the contest. Olson, who is also eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft and listed 56th among North American Skaters by Central Scouting, finished the day with a goal and an assist.
With the win, Canada improves to 2-1-0-0 and remains second in Group A, trailing Finland (3-0-0-0) by a single point. Those two teams close out preliminary action against one another Tuesday (7:30 a.m. MT).
— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) April 17, 2017
Through three preliminary games, Mattheos (4G-0A) leads Canada in goal scoring and points. Glass (2G-1A) and Olson (2G-1A) sit tied for third in Canadian scoring. Spokane Chiefs defenceman Ty Smith (0-1—1) and Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo (0-1—1) have also registered points for Canada.
Prince Albert Raiders goaltender Ian Scott got the day off after starting Canada’s first two games, giving way to Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves, OHL). In two appearances, Scott is undefeated with a 1.96 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Notes: Calgary Hitmen defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko has contributed one goal in three games for his native Belarus… Saskatoon Blades defenceman Mark Rubinchik (0-2—2) leads all Russian defenders in scoring through two games…