Canada defeats Belarus at U-18 world hockey championship

A Canadian flag waves in the wind. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia — Serron Noel had two goals and an assist as Canada cruised past Belarus 8-3 Friday at the world under-18 hockey championship.

Jack McBain also had a three-point game with a goal and two assists for Canada, which has opened the tournament with two regulation wins. Canada defeated defending champion United States 6-4 on Thursday.

Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and an assist while Raphael Lavoie, Jared McIssac, Liam Foudy and Ty Dellandrea also scored as Canada spread out the offence.

"We want to be a four-line hockey club, we want everybody to contribute and everybody to feel (they’re of) value to our group," head coach Don Hay said. "I think we’re doing that.

"Everybody has a real good spirit within our group, and we’re growing — and I like that the best."

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Ilya Usov, Alexei Protas and Viktor Masilevich had the goals for Belarus, which was playing its first game of the tournament.

Colten Ellis stopped 24 shots for Canada.

Belarus goaltender Nikita Tolopilo was pulled after Canada scored on its first three shots. Danil Veremeichik stopped 20 of 25 shots in relief.

Canada next plays Sunday against Switzerland.

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