Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit, OHL) scored all of Canada’s goals – two in regulation and three in the shootout – as Canada advanced to the gold medal game with a 3-2 win over Sweden in semi-final action at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Friday.
Canada trailed twice (1-0, 2-1), but Perfetti managed to tie the game at the 0:35 second mark and 14:18 mark of the second period. His three shootout goals were all the offence produced by Canada following the scoreless overtime.
Goaltender Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit, OHL) made 21 saves through regulation and overtime, followed by stopping six of eight shots he faced in the shootout despite dealing with an injury in the fifth round.
Sweden finished the game 1-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
Canada will face Russia in the gold medal game slated for Saturday after they defeated Jesse Seppälä and Finland, 4-1, in the afternoon’s other semi-final.
The gold medal game will air on TSN 1, TSN 4 and TSN 5 on Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 AM MT.
Finland and Sweden will now meet for bronze, also to be played on Saturday at 9:00 AM MT.
For the complete game summary, click here.