The semifinal showdown with Team USA didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to, but Team Canada did manage to take home a bronze medal from the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating host Switzerland, 5-2, at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland.
The Swiss put up a good battle through the first period, which ended with Canada in the lead by a 3-2 score. But goals by Brett Howden and Glenn Gawdin in the second frame, plus some strong goaltending from Zach Sawchenko in the third period, allowed the Canadians to depart Switzerland on Monday with some hardware in hand.
Two Canadian forwards chipping in on offense over the course of the tournament were Gawdin and forward Anthony Beauvillier. Gawdin, who plays for the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, finished the tournament with two goals, two assists and 13 shots in seven games. Beauvillier, who competes in the QMJHL for the Shawinigan Cataractes, netted three goals in seven games for Team Canada.
Both Gawdin and Beauvillier are eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. Beauvillier is the higher ranked of the two in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, where he is ranked 33rd after being ranked 49th in the midterm release. Gawdin stands 59th in the final rankings after having been ranked 37th in the midterm rankings.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Beauvillier and Gawdin following Team Canada’s win in the U18 bronze medal game, conversations captured in this HF video.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 26, 2015
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