Team Canada trounced Switzerland 10-0 on Monday at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. It was Canada’s first game of the under-18 tournament.
Three Canadians recorded three points in the contest. Peyton Krebs of Okotoks, Alberta had two goals and one assist. While Matthew Robertson of Sherwood Park, Alberta and Ryan Suzuki of London, Ontario each had one goal and two assists. Other Canadians with a multi-point game were Graeme Clarke of Ottawa, Ontario (one goal and one assist), Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon (one goal and one assist), Kirby Dach of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (one goal and one assist), Maxence Guenette of Levis, Quebec (one goal and one assist), Jakob Pelletier of Quebec City, Quebec (one goal and one assist), Justin Barron of Halifax, Nova Scotia (two assists), Alexis Lafreniere of Saint-Eustache, Quebec (two assists) and Sasha Mutala of Vancouver, British Columbia (two assists). The other Canadian goal scorer was Xavier Parent of Blainville, Quebec while Nolan Maier of Yorkton, Saskatchewan recorded 15 saves for the shutout.
Other scores on day one of the tournament saw the United States beat the Czech Republic 6-0, Sweden beat Slovakia 4-2 and Russia beat Finland 7-2. This is the second time in the history of the tournament that it has taken place in Canada. In 1996, Team Canada won in Nelson and Castlegar, British Columbia.