Five games, five wins, gold medals and a trophy signifying the championship of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Championship is the bounty that Team Canada will be heading home with after a successful week in Breclav, Czech Republic. The Canadian squad made a perfect 5-0 run through the preliminary and playoff rounds to win their eighth straight Ivan Hlinka, and their 20th win in 25 years of this tournament in its various incarnations.
Canada was equal to the task, regardless of the opponent or the style of play employed by their opponents. Their 23 goals were the most of any of the eight countries competing at this tournament, while the seven goals against were the fewest surrendered over five games. Canada was only behind twice over the course of the week, in the first period of Game 1 when the Czech Republic opened the scoring, and in the semifinal match vs. Russia when the Russians took the 1-0 lead in the first period. Both deficits were erased in fairly short order, however.
A defenseman that generated some offense from the blueline for Canada was Victor Mete, who plays for the London Knights of the OHL. Mete posted a pair of assists in the five games. The skilled defender played to his strengths in the Czech Republic , making use of his skating and passing skills to make things happen on offense for Canada.
Mete wrapped up his OHL rookie season in 2014-15, appearing in 58 regular season games for the Knights. He scored seven goals and 23 points, and was a +19 for the season. Mete followed up his solid rookie campaign with eight points in 10 playoff games for the Knights.
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