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Canada Beats Sweden to Win 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

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Canada won gold for a record 23rd time at the Glinka Gretzky Cup, beating Sweden 4-1 in Red Deer to become the team’s first title since 2018.

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Canada has won the championship 17 times in the last 22 tournaments, with Canada missing the 2021 tournament due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The tournament was not held in 2020. Canada won both tournaments held in Alberta, with Canada beating Sweden for the first time the tournament was held in Canada in 2018.

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Canada outscored their rivals 34-3 in five games, underlining a 14-0 victory over Switzerland.

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Tanner Howe scored the first goal of the game, scoring from a tight angle at 5:49 into the first. This advantage lasted for five minutes until Hugo Pettersson took advantage of the Canadian’s error around his net to equalize. It was the first time Canada faced a draw scenario in the entire tournament, giving them their first real battle against adversity.

However, this did not last long as Ethan Gauthier’s wrist shot missed Swedish goalkeeper Noah Ehrliden to score 2-1 before the end of the first. Only one goal was scored in the second period, with Oshawa Generals forward Cal Ritchie throwing a side kick after Erliden was caught looking the other way. Briden Yager’s fifth run of the tournament made it 4–1 late in the game, ensuring Canada avoided a late-game crash.

Finland won the bronze earlier in the day by defeating the Czech Republic 3–1.



Source: thehockeynews.com

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