Connor McDavid leads Canada to under-18 win

Erie Otters phenom Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to lead Canada to a 4-1 win over...

Erie Otters phenom Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to lead Canada to a 4-1 win over Slovakia at the world under-18 championship in Russia Thursday. (QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

Connor McDavid, the youngest player on the Canadian under-18 hockey team’s roster, scored once and set up two other goals in a 4-1 win over Slovakia Thursday at the world championship tournament in Sochi, Russia.

McDavid, the OHL’s rookie of the year with the Erie Otters this season, netted the winner late in the first period in Canada’s opening game at the tourney. The 16-year-old assisted on third-period goals by Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice and Sam Bennett pf the Kingston Frontenacs.

Nick Baptiste of the Sudbury Wolves also scored for Canada while David Soltes had the only goal for Slovakia.

Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads faced just 13 shots in the win while Slovak netminder Denis Godla made 31 saves.

Canada will have Friday off before taking on Germany Saturday.


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