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Canada finishes second in Group A after 6-3 loss to Finland
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POPRAD, SLOVAKIA – Kristian Vesalainen closed out the preliminary round with a hat-trick to lead Finland over Canada 6-3 at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Canada was outshot 34-20 as Teemu Engberg and defenceman Miro Heiskanen each had a goal and an assist for the Finns who used a three-goal second period to climb ahead for good.

MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs/OHL) led the way for Canada offensively with a goal and an assist while Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors/WHL) and Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals/OHL) also found the back of the net in the loss.

Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors/WHL) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs/OHL) also earned assists while goaltenders Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders/WHL) and Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves/OHL) shared the loss in goal, combining to make 28 saves.

Canada ends the preliminary round in second place in Group A with a 3-1-0 record, four points behind first place Finland who finished 4-0-0-0.

Entwistle led Canada in scoring through the four game preliminary schedule, recording three goals, three assists and six points.

Canada now travels to Spisska Nova Ves for a Quarter-Final matchup against the third place team in Group B on Thursday. The team will face Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Standings

Preliminary Round
R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 FIN  4 4 0 0 0 23:10 12
2 CAN  4 2 1 0 1 18:13 8
3 SVK  3 1 0 1 1 11:9 4
4 SUI  3 1 0 0 2 8:12 3
5 LAT  4 0 0 0 4 3:19 0
Group B
1 USA  4 4 0 0 0 22:7 12
2 RUS  3 2 0 0 1 11:7 6
3 SWE  4 2 0 0 2 8:12 6
4 CZE  3 1 0 0 2 11:12 3
5 BLR  4 0 0 0 4 7:21 0

Statistics

Scoring Leaders
Player Team Pos GP G A PTS
VESALAINEN Kristian F 4 6 5 11
HEISKANEN Miro D 4 1 7 8
IKONEN Joni F 4 4 3 7
ENTWISTLE Mackenzie F 4 3 3 6
DHOOGHE Sean F 4 2 4 6
MISMASH Grant F 4 2 4 6
WAHLSTROM Oliver F 4 4 1 5
CHEKHOVICH Ivan F 3 3 2 5
SVECHNIKOV Andrei F 3 3 2 5
GILDON Maxwell D 4 3 2 5
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