Canada defeats Sweden 4-1 to win Hlinka Gretkzy Cup gold

RED DEER, Alta. — Canada scored early and often and also stayed out of the penalty box en route to a 4-1 win over Sweden in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold medal final.

Tanner Howe, Ethan Gauthier, Calum Ritchie and Brayden Yager scored for the Canadiens, who held a 2-1, 3-1 lead at the Peavey Mart Centrium on Saturday. Riley Heidt also contributed with two assists for the champions.

Hugo Pettersson scored for Sweden, who were outshot 36-26. Each team received eight minutes of penalties.

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 on August 3.

“Three weeks ago, we formed this formation and I immediately felt that it was a tight group,” said head coach Stéphane Julien. “It’s not easy when you have so much talent, but everyone accepted their role and I’m so happy for them.”

The victory is Canada’s first gold medal since 2018, the last time this tournament was held in Canada.

“I’m so happy for this group,” added Julien. “They haven’t had it easy in their careers for the past two years with the pandemic, but now they have this, a gold medal and something they will remember for the rest of their careers.”

Canada qualified for the final with a 4-1 victory over Finland, while Sweden beat Czechia 6-2. Finland beat Czechia 3-1 in the bronze medal final on Saturday.

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup will move to Europe in 2023, returning to Breclav and Piestany, Czechia, for the first time since 2021.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 6, 2022

The Canadian Press

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