STING FORWARD JAMIESON REES & TEAM CANADA WIN GOLD AY 2018 HLINKA GRETZKY CUP
EDMONTON, Alta. – Canada capped off the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a win in front of a sold-out lower bowl on home ice in Edmonton, Saturday, defeating Sweden by a score of 6-2.
Sophomore Sting forward Jamieson Rees was selected among 22 of the best Canadian players under the age of eighteen to represent at this year’s tournament.
“Everyone was on the same page. We all worked for the same goal, and that was a gold medal,” said Team Canada captain Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL). “It’s amazing, we worked so hard for this and to win it is just an amazing feeling.”
Sweden took an early lead, scoring within the opening minute of the first frame, and Canada was down by two when Sasha Mutala (Vancouver/Tri-City, WHL) recorded his first of two goals in the game to cut the lead in half. Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) evened the score before Lafrenière had the fans on their feet, scoring the eventual game-winner to close out the first period. Josh Williams (Langley, B.C./Medicine Hat, WHL) potted Canada’s fifth goal in the third period, followed by a powerplay closer by Lafrenière, to round out the scoring.
Rees found the scoresheet in the final contest, assisting Canadas fifth goal by Josh Williams. The Hamilton, ON native had a solid showing throughout the tournament, tallying four points (1 goal, 3 assists.) You can see Jamieson return to Sarnia when Training Camp opens in Sarnia later this month (details to be released).
“Our guys were so focused today and so well-prepared. They were real pros in the way they prepared themselves,” said head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) after the game. “We never felt we were in trouble. We knew we were down by two against a really good team, but at the same time we knew what we could do. The guys stuck with it and they showed a lot of character.”
Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition.
CHL Players on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team:
Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Nolan Maier (Saskatoon Blades)
Justin Barron (Halifax Mooseheads)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Maxence Guénette (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Alexis Lafrenière (Rimouski Oceanic)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Xavier Parent (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Head Coach: André Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach: Mitch Love (Saskatoon Blades)
Assistant Coach: Ryan Oulahen (Flint Firebirds)
Athletic Therapist: Andy Brown (Owen Sound Attack)
Athletic Therapist: Kyle Sutton (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Equipment Manager: Chris Cook (Kingston Frontenacs)
Earlier in the day, Vasili Podkolzin finished his hat trick as part of a seven-goal third period, and Russia held off the United States to earn a 5-4 win and the bronze medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.