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Warriors’ Hunt, Canada into semifinal at Hlinka Gretzky tournament

Canada reaches final four after trio of commanding wins at summer under-18 world hockey championship
Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt might not have figured into the scoring so far at the Hlinka Gretzky World Under-18 Hockey Championship, but with the way things are going for Team Canada, that’s most definitely not a problem.

Hunt, 17, and his Hockey Canada teammates steamrolled their way through the round robin with a trio of commanding victories to earn a spot in the semifinal against Sweden on Friday.

Canada didn’t even allow a goal in their first two games, taking a 6-0 win over Finland and dominating Switzerland 8-0 before closing out the preliminary round with a 7-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti leading Canada with five goals and eight points through three games, with linemate Hendrix Lapierre of Chicoutimi having put up three goals and five assists through the round robin.

Sweden defeated the United States 5-4 in their opener, lost 3-0 to Russia and won 3-2 over Slovakia to finish in second in their pool.

The winner of the Canada-Sweden game will face the winner of the United States and Czech Republic for gold on Saturday morning.