Canada defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 on Saturday to win the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, earning gold for the seventh year in a row. Earlier today, the U.S. beat Sweden 5-4 in OT to take the bronze.
The Canadians managed an undefeated record in this under-18 tournament and seemed to put the final contest away pretty early with a four-goal first period. In fact, Hlinka Memorial.com notes that Canada won every game by at least four tallies.
“We knew we had to have a really good start against (the Czechs) because they were playing really well,” Head coach Jody Hull told the Canadian Press. “Our guys just bought into the process. It’s an amazing group.”
One particularly interesting name on the team is Dylan Strome, younger brother of New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome. The younger Strome managed to find the net during this game.
The Canadian Press notes that Canada won this tournament 19 out of 24 times.