BRNO, Czech Republic – Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team has won the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, defeating Finland 5-4 in overtime in Sunday’s third-place game.
The bronze medal is the fourth medal all-time for Canada at the world championship, including two gold medals (2003, 2008) and one silver (2005).
Canada finished the preliminary round in third place in Group A with a 2-2 record. It advanced past Russia 4-2 in the quarter-finals before dropping a 2-1 decision to the United States in Friday’s semifinal.
On Sunday, Hunter Shinkaruk (Calgary, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) scored a hat trick to lead the Canadian offence, while Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL) and Brendan Gaunce (Markham, Ont./Belleville, OHL) also had goals.
Mathew Dumba (Calgary, Alta./Red Deer, WHL) had three assists for Canada, finishing the tournament with 12 points. Dumba was the tournament’s top scorer and was named Top Defenceman by the IIHF directorate.
The United States won the gold medal, their fourth in a row at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, beating Sweden 7-0 in the final.
CHL Players on Team Canada:
Spencer Martin (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)
Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)
Mathew Dumba (Red Deer Rebels)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)
Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Damon Severson (Kelowna Rockets)
Warren Steele (Kingston Frontenacs)
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars)
William Carrier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls)
Felix Girard (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm)
Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)
Anthony Mantha (Val d’Or Foreurs)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice)
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack)
Branden Troock (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Mike Winther (Prince Albert Raiders)
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