U18 Worlds: McIsaac named one of Canada’s Top 3 Players
Team Canada picked the wrong day to suffer their only loss of the IIHF U18 World Hockey Championship in Russia. The Canadians were eliminated following a close 2-1 loss to the underdog Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
Despite winning all four of their preliminary round games, Canada was outplayed for the majority of the first two periods and trailed 2-0 late in the game. Canada made things interesting when they scored their only goal with 6:41 remaining in regulation. Ty Dellandrea took a nice pass from Allan McShane in front of the net and drilled it into the net. It was the second goal of the tournament for the Flint Firebirds center. The Czechs sat back and allowed Canada to mount all kinds of pressure but goalie Lukas Dostal made 33 saves to secure the upset victory.
Mooseheads star Jared McIsaac was named one of Canada’s Top Three Players for the tournament along with Drummondville Voltigeurs goalie Olivier Rodrigue and Oshawa Generals forward Allan McShane.
McIsaac, considered one of the best Canadian defencemen available in this June’s NHL Entry Draft, stood out as a leader on the blue line and contributed one goal and two assists in the event.
The U18’s served as an international coming out party for Raphael Lavoie of the Mooseheads. Fans in Halifax witnessed his breakout season in the QMJHL this year as he scored 30 goals and 33 assists which included 10 game-winning goals and league-record six in overtime. Lavoie’s season combined with a great showing for Hockey Canada has certainly put him on the map for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Canada was considered a Gold-Medal favourite but will watch as the Czechs move on to face the USA in the Semi-Finals while Sweden and Finland will square off in the other semi. Canada hasn’t won Gold in the event since 2013 and has failed to win a medal of any colour since taking Bronze in 2015.