Seattle thunderbird goalkeeper Thomas Milich This was exemplary, as Canada defeated Switzerland 7–0, ignoring all 12 of their shots, and placed right in the 2021 IIHF U18 World Cup in Plano, Texas on Friday night.
Everett Silvertip defender Olin Zellweger added four assists in the game, including Francesco Benelli’s first goal in the second half and three more in the third.
For the second year, the Edmonton Oil Kings went on to give Dylan Gaynor the winning goal. A product made in Edmonton, Alta. The top 10 are expected in the upcoming NHL Draft for 2021. Gunther scored 10:50 in the first half to give Canada a 1-0 lead, which finally stood the test of time on Friday.
The Regina Bats Connor Bidard event continued to make its presence felt, putting Canada in the lead at 5:55 to score their first goal in the tournament. Kamloopus Blazers forward Logan Stankevan continued to contribute, adding assists and a pass past Bedard.
Millik, the Thunderbirds’ third choice (51st) in the WHL Draft 2018, is 2–0 in two matches at the IIHF U18 World Cup in 2021 and only allows one goal in the opening game against Sweden on Tuesday. Milic is one of the leading goalkeepers of the event. He made 40 saves in 41 shots and scored 0.50 goals against average, 976 saves and one hit.
Zellweger, a substitute in the second round (42nd) of the SilverTips in the WHL Draft 2018, is off to a good start at the IIHF U18 World Championships in 2021, having collected five assists in three games so far. A 5-foot, 10-, and 174-pound product made in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Zellweger served as Blueline’s offensive catalyst at Everett before leaving for Texas and scored 13 points (2G-11A) in 11 matches in the 2020-21 WHL season.
Canada will conclude the preliminary round of the IIHF U18 World Championship 2021 against Belarus on Saturday evening (7 pm GMT).
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