U18 Worlds: Lavoie & McIsaac help Canada win again

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MAGNITOGORSK, Russia – Canada routed Belarus 8-3 to improve to 2-0 at the IIHF U18 World Championship on Friday in Russia. Once again two members of the Halifax Mooseheads were major contributors as Raphael Lavoie and Jared McIsaac both scored in the win. The first of the tournament for McIsaac turned out to be the game-winner as he let a blast go from the dot 12:01 into the first period that beat goalie Danil Veremeichik clean.

The game started with a flurry of goals and the teams were tied 1-1 after just 105 seconds of play. Raphael Lavoie and Alexis Lafreniere scored back-to-back goals to make it 3-1 Canada by the 3-minute mark and Belarus was forced to pull starting goalie Nikita Tolopilo. Canada dominated the rest of the way as Colten Ellis of Port Hawkesbury, NS picked up his second straight win. Lavoie now has three goals in two games while McIsaac has one goal and one assist.

Oshawa Generals forward Serron Noel was named the Player of the Game for Canada with two goals an one assist. Jack McBain had one goal and two assists and Alexis Lafreniere had one goal and one assist. Liam Foudy and Ty Dellandrea had the other goals for Canada.

Arena Metallburg has been an excellent host with another big crowd of 6,818 in attendance on Friday. The city of Magnitogorsk is a little more than a 23 hour drive east from Moscow. More than 7,400 fans watched on Thursday when Canada beat the defending champion United States 6-4 in the tournament opener.


Canada outshot Belarus 28-27 and will next face 0-2 Switzerland on Sunday at 11:30am Atlantic. The Canadians lead Group A with six points while Finland also has six points through two games to lead Group B.

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