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Sawchenko leads Canada over Sweden at Hlinka tournament

Ivan Hlinka
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According to the Hockey Canada website on Tuesday, Calgary native Zachary Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors made 27 saves as Canada defeated Sweden 5-1 at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Hockey Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. With the win, Canada improves to 2-0 in the overall standings. The tournament is for the best players in the world under the age of 18.

Sawchenko, who was born on December 30, 1997, made 12 saves in the first period, eight saves in the second period and then seven saves in the third period. Philip Magnusson scored the only goal for Sweden with 3:30 left in the second period.

Saginaw Spirit center Mitchell Stephens of Peterborough, Ontario scored two goals and Victoria Royals center Tyler Soy of Cloverdale, British Columbia registered two assists. Soy registered both of his assists on Stephens' third period even strength goals.

Kingston Frontenacs left winger Lawson Crouse of Mount Brydges, Ontario scored the game winning goal for Canada at 14:30 of the second period from Calgary native Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets and Nicolas Roy of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Merkley now has two assists in two tournament games to date.

In other action, the United States thumped Russia 7-4, Switzerland beat Slovakia 3-1 and the Czech Republic beat Finland 4-3. Like Canada, the Czech Republic are also a perfect 2-0.

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Hockey Tournament is an annual summer hockey tournament in honour of former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Ivan Hlinka. A native of Most, Czechoslovakia, Hlinka won three gold medals for the Czechoslovakia at the World Hockey Championships and was the head coach for Czech Republic's gold medal winning men's hockey team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Hlinka died in a car accident at the age of 54 in 2004.

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