Canadian forward Dylan Cozens chips a puck past Nick Malik in the Czech Republic net during a Hlinka Gretzky Cup pre-tournament game. Canada beat the United States 6-5 in the semifinals and Sweden 6-2 in the final to win gold for the third consecutive year. (Byron Hackett/Red Deer Advocate)

Canada, Whitehorse’s Cozens win gold at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Home team overcomes 2-0 deficit to cruise to win

Team Canada defeated Sweden 6-2 in a come-from-behind victory to win the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton on Aug. 11.

Sweden’s Lucas Raymond scored inside the first minute on the power play to make the score 1-0 for the Swedes.

Another tally at 11:33 of the first period from Alexander Holtz was enough to chase Canadian goaltender Nolan Maier from the game and bring in Taylor Gauthier.

Less than a minute after the switch, the Canadians started the comeback.

Sasha Mutala scored at 12:14 of the first period to make the score 2-1. Bowen Byram and Whitehorse’s Dylan Cozens both had assists on the goal.

Kirby Dach scored to even the game at 14:35 with the assist going to Alexis Lafrenière before Lafrenière scored at 17:54 to put Team Canada ahead for the first time.

In the second period, Mutala added a second goal to make the score 4-2 for Canada. Assists on the goal went to Dylan Holloway and Cozens.

Canada added two goals in the third from Josh Williams and Lafrenière to stretch the lead to four goals.

Gauthier was perfect in relief, stopping all 16 shots he faced.

Canada’s spot in the final didn’t come easily as the Aug. 10 semifinal with the United States required overtime to find a winner.

A busy first period was back and forth with five total goals and a 3-2 score favouring the Americans after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Xavier Parent scored on the power play to tie the game 3-3.

Williams scored for Canada at 3:31 of the third period, but the Americans managed to regroup and score two to take a 5-4 lead with just under six and a half minute to play in regulation.

Canada managed to beat the American goaltender — and the clock — as Cozens scored the tying goal with just one second remaining in the game.

Williams scored at 1:44 of overtime to give Canada the win and secure a matchup with Sweden for goal.

Lafrenière led the way for Canada in the tournament with five goals and six assists for 11 points.

Cozens finished with two goals and three assists in five tournament games.

This is the third year in a row that Canada has won the tournament and the 22nd time Canada has won since the tournament started in 1991.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at john.hopkinshill@yukon-news.com

hockey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maria Metzen off the start line of the Yukon Dog Mushers Association’s sled dog race on Jan. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Mushers race in preparation for FirstMate Babe Southwick

The annual race is set for Feb. 12 and 13.

The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Subsidy for medical travel doubled with more supports coming

The change was recommended in the Putting People First report endorsed by the government

Chloe Sergerie, who was fined $500 under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> on Jan. 12, says she made the safest choice available to her when she entered the territory. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Woman fined $500 under CEMA says she made ‘safest decision’ available

Filling out a declaration at the airport was contrary to self-isolation, says accused

The Yukon Department of Education building in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. Advocates are calling on the Department of Education to reverse their redefinition of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that led to 138 students losing the program this year. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
Advocates call redefinition of IEPs “hugely concerning,” call for reversal

At least 138 students were moved off the learning plans this year

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Fire damage, photographed on Jan. 11, to a downtown apartment building which occurred late in the evening on Jan. 8. Zander Firth, 20, from Inuvik, was charged with the arson and is facing several other charges following his Jan. 12 court appearance. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
More charges for arson suspect

The Inuvik man charged in relation to the fire at Ryder Apartments… Continue reading

The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Grace period for new lobbyist registry ends

So far nine lobbyists have registered their activities with politicians in the territory

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21, 2020. Some Yukon tourism and culture non-profit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 to help recover from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Details released on relief funding for tourism and culture non-profits

Some Yukon tourism and culture non-profit organizations may be eligible to receive… Continue reading

Most Read