Team Canada faced off against a pesky Slovakia squad that kept the game interesting until the end, with Canada coming away with a 3-1 win to maintain their unbeaten status at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND.
Goals from David Quenneville (Medicine Hat – WHL), Brett Howden, and Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) provided all the offense that Canada needed to defeat the Slovaks, but a late goal by Slovakia forward Samuel Bucek (Chicago – USHL) made the ending more interesting than Canada would have liked. Jost also picked up an assist for a two-point night, an effort that earned him his second Player of the Game honor for the tournament.
Goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 26 of 27 shots to pick up the win, although he was subject to an equipment measurement after the game that did not turn up any infractions.
Howden joined Team Canada after his team, the Moose Jaw Warriors, were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. He has performed well at the U18, netting three goals in two preliminary round games, with the final match against Finland yet to come.
Howden spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over Slovakia, with his comments being captured in this HF video.
Game highlights from the Canada-Slovakia match can be viewed below.
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