Williams, Lafreniere lead Canada past Sweden at Hlinka Gretzky Cup


Canada's Josh Williams (15) celebrates a goal during first period Hlinka Gretzky Cup action against Sweden, in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. (Codie McLachlan/CP)

EDMONTON – Josh Williams and Alexis Lafreniere each had a goal and an assist as Canada defeated Sweden 4-3 to close out the round robin portion of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup under-18 hockey tournament on Wednesday.

Matthew Robertson and Kirby Dach also scored for Canada.

Lucas Raymond, Alexander Holtz and Elmer Soderblom responded for Sweden.

Canada finished first in its pool with a record of 3-0, while Sweden was 2-1.

The Canadians will face the United States in Friday’s semifinals, while Sweden will be up against Russia.

Canada has won gold in nine of the last 10 of these U-18 tournaments.


When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.