Team Canada completed the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship with an unblemished 4-0-0-0 record, which earned them the top spot in the Group B standings and a quarterfinal match with Switzerland.
Canada wrapped up their perfect record with a 3-1 win over Finland, a game that could have flipped the script with a different outcome. The Finns had a chance to jump over the Canadians with a win, but Canada prevented that outcome with a mix of timely scoring and strong goaltending from Evan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was strong in his two starts at this tournament, giving up two goals on the 54 shots that he faced from Slovakia and Finland. This comes after he turned in some solid play in the QMJHL playoffs for the Sherbrooke Phoenix, where he finished with a .920 save percentage in five games. Fitzpatrick is considered the top North American goaltender available for the 2016 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting, and is viewed as the top goaltending prospect overall by ISS Hockey.
Fitzpatrick spoke with the media following the win over Finland, with his comments being included in this Hockey’s Future video.
The game highlights from the Canada-Finland game can be viewed below.
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