World Under-18 Ramblings: Canada Starts Slow, The Czechs and Finns Duke It Out

Tony Ferrari

2021-04-29

Photo courtesy of the IIHF

 

It was a light schedule for the U18s on day three with Canada playing Latvia and Finland taking on the Czech Republic. In predictable fashion, Canada handled its business beating the Latvian team 4-2 but was it ever close as the Canadians avoid the scare. The Finns and Czechs played another back and forth game as Group B, the ‘Group of Death’, continues to be stressful for all involved!

 

Canada 4-2 Latvia

Shortly before puck drop, the Canadian team announced that they would be without captain Shane Wright and defender Corson Ceulemans for non-COVID-related precautionary reasons. With a game against an undermanned Latvian squad, the Canadians should have had no issues. Well, I did say should.

The Latvians have a bit of a history giving Canada a hard time and this one should be added to the list of feisty Latvian performances against one of the world’s hockey superpowers. The first period was a bit of a confidence breaker for Canada as they were able to find some room thanks to Latvian penalty trouble, including a five-on-three, but with 17 shots and zero goals through t