Team Canada claims seventh-straight U-18 gold medal

Ottawa 67's Travis Konecny in action against the Belleville Bulls on November 19, 2013. (Errol...

Ottawa 67's Travis Konecny in action against the Belleville Bulls on November 19, 2013. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

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Team Canada is in seventh heaven.

The boys in red and white defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 Saturday to win gold at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup for the seventh straight year.

“It feels great,” Canadian captain Travis Konecny told the tournament’s website.

“We were all pulling the rope together. Throughout the tournament we played a lot of high-tempo hockey. To experience this kind of thing with a group of guys like this is pretty rare, I think.”

Lawson Crouse led the way for Canada, scoring twice, while Dylan Strome, Mitchell Marner, Konecny and Nicolas Roy also chipped in with goals.

Zach Sawchenko made 17 saves for the win. Radek Koblizek and Lukas Jasek scored for the Czechs.

Canada won all five games it played at the tournament, outscoring the opposition 32-10.

The U.S. beat Sweden 5-4 in overtime to win the bronze medal.


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