The Canadian team of 22 young men under the age of 18 fended off the powerful Swedes Saturday evening, winning the game 6-2 and capturing the first place trophy in the process. The gold medal was Canada’s 22nd in 28 appearances in the tournament running annually, beginning in 1991.
Canada jumped ahead early, finishing off the first 20 minutes of play up 3-2. The Canadians then added three more goals in the remaining time, while the Swedes failed to score. Canada outshot Sweden 40-19, going one for two on the power play.
Playing in all five tournament contests for Team Canada was Brandon Wheat Kings’ defenceman Braden Schneider. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound 16-year-old provided an exceptionally steady presence on the Canadian blueline, helping Canada shut down the Americans in a thriller of a semifinal, before blocking out Sweden’s attack on Saturday evening.
Schneider, a product of Prince Albert, SK. – spent the 2017-18 season in the Western Hockey League, putting up 22 points with the Wheat Kings, while finishing the year a +10. Schneider also picked up six assists in 11 postseason games in 2017-18.