U18 World Cup: Canada are eliminated despite two jewels from Connor Bedard

Goals from Connor Bedard, but far too much indiscipline. That sums up Canada’s performance at the U18 Ice Hockey World Championships, where they were eliminated by Finland after a 6-5 overtime loss in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

After Finland equalized on the power play with 1 minute 43 seconds left in the final period, Canada saw their forward Adam Fantilli put the puck straight on the stick blade of Joakim Kemell, who then crossed the ice to break free and complete his hat trick from 29and game second in overtime.

Bedard scores from an impossible angle and taunts Finland

In total, the Canadians conceded four goals to the Finns in six power plays in this game.

Aleksanteri Kaskimaki hit the net with 4:17 to go to cut the deficit to 5:4, then Kasper Halttunen equalized on the power play with 1:43 to go.

“We had to be more disciplined today,” Bedard said after the game. Finland are very talented and can easily score two goals in two minutes and they did it. It’s hard to swallow. »

Bedard, who was left out of the top scorer’s chart in Canada’s last two-leg encounter with the Czech Republic on Tuesday, struck back with two superb goals against Finland.

In the second half, the 16-year-old sensation first turned an inaccurate pass from team-mate Adam Fantilli into a 4-2 lead with a spin, passing Finnish goalkeeper Topias Leionen.

Then, in the last 20, whoever is considered the best prospect in the 2023 NHL draft surprised the Finnish goaltender again by firing a wrist shot in the upper part despite a very tight angle on penalties. It was his sixth goal in four games.

Kocha Delic, Connor Hvidston and Brayden Schuurman also scored for Canada. Reid Dyck stopped 29 of 35 shots fired at him.

In the Finnish camp, Tommi Männistö scored the other goal. Leinonen enjoyed the win after 24 saves.

Canada started as the defending champion U18 in this tournament held in Kaufbeuren and Landshut. Bedard was the only player to return to Team Canada after winning gold last year.

Canada has won 22 gold medals at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, an off-season under-18 tournament in the junior ranks not sanctioned by the IIHF, compared to four titles won at the World Under-18 Championships.

Finland meets Sweden in the semifinals, who beat Germany 7-1 in their quarterfinals.

The United States meets the Czech Republic.

Canada takes a 2-goal lead thanks to Bedard

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