Wright, McTavish each score twice as Canada downs Belarus at U-18 championship

Team Canada captain Shane Wright shoots a puck against Belarus on the U-18 World Championship. (Hockey Canada/Twitter)

PLANO, Texas — Shane Wright and Mason McTavish scored two goals apiece as Canada capped a perfect preliminary round with a 5-2 win over Belarus at the world under-18 men's hockey championship on Saturday.

Olen Zellweger also scored for Canada (4-0), which finished atop the five-team Group A.

Wright, a member of the Kingston Frontenacs, and McTavish, a Peterborough Pete, didn't play for their normal teams this season as the Ontario Hockey League cancelled its season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wright, the OHL rookie of the year in 2018-19 after being allowed into the league a year early as an exceptional-status player, missed the last two games at the worlds for undisclosed reasons.

Andrei Loshko and Ilya Morozov scored for Belarus, which split its four preliminary-round games.

Canada will face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Group B winner Finland meets Switzerland, Sweden squares off with the United States and Russia takes on Belarus in the other quarterfinals.

Canada hasn't won the tournament since 2013.

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