Canada confirmed its place as Group A winners following a 3-0 victory over Sweden Wednesday at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The Canadians took the lead 3:29 into the first period and held a 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes, outshooting the Swedes 17-6. Andrew Cristall tallied his fourth assist of the tournament on a Canadian power play, extending his point-scoring streak to three games in the process. The final shot tally was 43-18 in Canada’s favour.
The Kelowna Rockets forward ,Cristall, finished the preliminary Round Robin of the tournament tied for fifth in tournament scoring with five points through three games, scoring once and adding four assists.
Canada now advances to a semi-final matchup versus Finland Friday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The other semi-final pits Group B winner Czechia versus Sweden.