Canada’s quest for gold at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup got off to a strong start Saturday with a 4-1 pre-tournament victory over Slovakia in Piestany, Slovakia.
After opening up a 3-0 lead in the first period, Canada allowed a single goal in the second period before scoring the only goal of the third.
Alternate captain Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders) scored Canada’s third goal while forward Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks) scored in the third.
Forward Ridly Greig (Lethbridge, Alta. / Brandon Wheat Kings) picked up the lone assist on the game-winning goal. In net, Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) stopped eight of nine shots in 29 minutes of action.
In search of a 23rd gold medal in 29 summer U18 tournaments dating back to 1991, the Canadians open the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Monday against Finland (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT).