U18 Worlds: Canada perfect as Lavoie scores again

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Halifax Mooseheads sniper Raphael Lavoie picked up his fifth goal of the IIHF U18 World Championship in an exciting 3-2 overtime win over Sweden on Tuesday to cement top spot in the Group A standings with a perfect 4-0 record.

Alexis Lafreniere ended the game just 2:27 into the extra period in a battle between the two top teams in the group. Sweden also entered the game with a perfect 3-0 record. The Swedes will now have to make the four-hour trip north to the city of Chelyabinsk for their quarter-final while Canada stays put in Magnitogorsk where they will face off with the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Lavoie’s second period tally, assisted by Ty Dellandrea and Mooseheads teammate Jared McIsaac, tied the game 1-1 for Canada. The Chambly, QC native has been on fire for the entire tournament and has picked up five goals in four games which is tied for the second most goals with American Oliver Wahlstrom. He had five shots on goal in the game.

Canada went up 2-1 near the midway mark of the third period as Chase Wouters converted on a nice play set up by Ryan Merkley and Alexis Lafreniere. Sweden fought back with a late power play goal from Adam Boqvist with only 1:34 left on the clock. The highly rated defenceman who is the second ranked international skater for June’s NHL Entry Draft scored both goals for the Swedes.

In the extra period it was Lafreniere hooking up once again with offensive minded defenceman Ryan Merkley while Drummondville’s Joe Veleno also had an assist as the Canadians finished the preliminary round with 11 points via three regulation wins and one overtime win. Canada outshot Sweden 40-31 and Voltigeurs goalie Olivier Rodrigue earned the Player of the Game with 29 saves.

The other quarter-final matchups will see Sweden vs Slovakia, Finland vs Belarus and Russia vs USA.

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