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Canada rolls to commanding win over Rysavy, Czechs in World U18 quarter-final

Four goals in first and third periods leads to 10-3 victory; Sweden up next in semifinal
Canada Bedard action
Connor Bedard scored twice and added three assists to lead Canada to a 10-3 win over Martin Rysavy and the Czech Republic.
It would be safe to say Team Canada is on a bit of a roll at the World U18 Hockey Championships, and that turned out to be bad news for the Czech Republic in tournament quarter-final action on Monday night.

Canada scored four goals in the first and added four more in the third to go on to a 10-3 victory at Comerica Centre in Frisco, Texas.

Former Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Corson Ceulemans played in the contest and had a single shot on net while going plus-three. Warriors defenceman Denton Mateychuk did not play. 

Regina Pats standout Connor Bedard led Team Canada with two goals and three assists, while Dylan Guenther (Edmonton Oil Kings) added a pair of goals. Team captain Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs), Logan Stankoven (Kamloops Blazers), Conner Roulette (Seattle Thunderbirds) and Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs) had a goal and an assist each. Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires) and Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals) had their other markers; Mason MacTavish (Peterborough Petes) contributed three assists, Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers) picked up a pair of helpers.

Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting) made 30 saves to earn the win. Moose Jaw Warriors goaltending coach Matt Weninger is serving the same role with Team Canada.

Meanwhile, it was a tough night for Warriors draft pick  Martin Rysavy and the Czech Republic.

Rysavy was held off the scoresheet, but had a team-high five shots and finished the game minus-2. The 17-year-old first-round pick in the 2020 Import Draft capped the tournament with two goals and three points in five games and minus-four overall, recording a team-best 18 shots in the process.

Canada now moves on to the semifinals and will face a somewhat surprising opponent after Sweden scored three times in the third to take a 5-2 win over the United States in their quarter-final. That contest takes place Wednesday night, as does the other semifinal between Finland and Russia.

Canada defeated Sweden 12-1 in their first match of the tournament back on April 27.

The bronze and gold medal games are both set for Thursday evening.