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Canada wins Ivan Hlinka Cup for eighth year in row

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Canada scored four times in the first period and defeated Sweden 7-3 on Saturday in the gold-medal game at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Canada has won the Under-18 tournament eight yearsin a row. It?s the 20th time in the 25-year history of the event that Canada has won it.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice in the first 12 minutes, and Canada led 4-0 after a first period when it outshot Sweden 16-1. Michael McLeod, Tyler Benson, Tanner Kaspick, Jordan Kyrou and Beck Malenstyn scored for Canada. Dylan Wells made 15 saves.

Canada won all five of its games in the tournament, outscoring its opposition 23-7.

?I?m really proud of this group of players,? Canada coach Stan Butler told the tournament website. ?They all pulled together for one thing. We told them when we got here: This is about one team and one goal. We were one team and we chased one goal, which we got here today.

?We wanted to play our best game today, and we got off to a good start. We probably deserved more goals in some of the other games, like last night (a 2-1 shootout victory against Russia in the semifinals), but today we got to the point where we needed to score.???

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