Frisco – Friday, May 7, 2021, 11:38 am
For the first time since 2013, the U18 ice hockey world champion is Canada again.
The young maple leaves the gold with a 5–3 final victory at Texan City in Franco, Russia, and remains undefeated en route. The Russians will have to wait for the first title in this age group since 2007.
Connor Bédard made himself the youngest U18 World Champion at the age of 15 and also played in the finals with a goal and an assist. Captain Shane Wright gives the team two goals and one assist.
Canada are fighting their way back after two losses (0: 1 and 1: 2) and are 2: 2 after 20 minutes. In the middle third, the Canadians make a preliminary decision with two goals. Grudinin makes the final stage exciting ten minutes before it ends, but the result does not change.
Bronze goes to Sweden after a clear 8–0 win over Finland. In the semi-finals it was the Finns who only lost to Russia 5-6, while Sweden got under the wheels against Canada (1-8).
The MVP of the tournament is Russian Matvee Mitchkov (16) with twelve goals – in second place in the all-time singles U18 tournament.
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