Canada posted their second win of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, although it didn’t come as easily as their first win on Friday night. The Czech Republic provided the opposition on Saturday, and, after Canada took a 3-0 lead, the Czechs gave the Canadians all they could handle before finally bowing, 3-1.
The star of the game for Canada was goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke – QMJHL), who stopped 38 of the 39 shots that he faced. Fitzpatrick had a relatively easy time of things until Canada opened up their three-goal lead, after which the Czechs took control of the game, if not the scoreboard. Included in Fitzpatrick’s many saves were a pair of stops in close on 2018 prospect Filip Zadina, with Fitzpatrick making one of those saves on a breakaway chance where he also mopped up a second chance by Marek Zachar.
The scoring star for Canada was Brett Howden (Moose Jaw – WHL), who netted two goals on the night in his first action at this U18. Defenseman Dante Fabbro chipped in two assists to bring his tournament total to five assists. Defenseman David Quenneville (Medicine Hat – WHL) scored the other goal for Canada, which came on a first period power play. Howden, Fabbro, and Quenneville are eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, as is Fitzpatrick.
The other two-assist performer on the night was forward Mason Shaw (Medicine Hat – WHL). In addition to his offensive output, Shaw provided some gritty play that also landed him a couple of minor penalties. Shaw is first eligible for the NHL Draft in 2017.
Shaw spoke with Hockey’s Future following Canada’s win, a conversation captured in this HF video.
Game highlights from the Canada-Czech Republic match can be viewed below.
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