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Canada wallops Belarus in showdown between Warriors teammates

Tracey, Hunt, Team Canada roll to 11-1 win over Buyalski, Belarus in battle for first place in pool.
Brayden Tracey and Daemon Hunt might have been teammates with Yegor Buyalski this past season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, but there was no goodwill toward mankind when they met as members of Team Canada and Team Belarus at the World Under-18 championships on Easter Sunday.

Tracey and Hunt each picked up an assist as Canada guaranteed itself first place in round robin play with an 11-1 victory in Orsnskoldsvik, Sweden. The contest carried extra importance because both teams were unbeaten at 2-0 heading into the game, meaning the winner would take the top spot out of the pool with a win.

Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes led the assault, scoring twice and adding three assists playing alongside Peyton Krebs of the Kootenay Ice and Alex Newhook from the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL. Krebs added a goal and an assist while Newhook had two goals and three points.

Nathan Legare (Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL), Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers), Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Jordan Spence (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL) all added single markers as Canada led 3-0 after the first before pouring in five second period goals and taking an 8-1 edge into the final frame.

Buyalski was held off the scoresheet.

Nolan Maier of the Saskatoon Blades made 41 saves for Canada while Rostislav Zinovenko and Alexei Kolosov faced 60 shots in goal for Belarus.

Canada has Monday off but returns to action Tuesday for their final round robin game against the Czech Republic.


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