Canada trounces Belarus to stay perfect at U18 Worlds

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Canada’s offence was dialled in Sunday at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden, beating Belarus 11-1 to move to 3-0 at the tournament.

Western Hockey League players factored into eight of the 11 goals, led by a two-goal, five-point performance from Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes). Captain Peyton Krebs  (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE) had goal and an assist as part of the leading performances.

Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers) opened the scoring in the first while Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings) did the same in the second. Cozens helped to cap off the effort with the first goal of the third period.

Daemon Hunt (Brandon, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Brayden Tracey (Calgary, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors) each picked up a single assist in the win.

Canada scored three goals in the first, five in the second, and three more in the third. Making his tournament debut between the pipes, Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask. / Saskatoon Blades) stopped 41 of 42 shots for the win.

The game featured four members of the Moose Jaw Warriors with Hunt and Tracey suiting up for Canada while the duo of Danila Palivko and Yegor Buyalski played for Belarus.

Canada will look to close out the round robin with a perfect record Tuesday when they take on the Czech Republic.

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