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Mattheos lifts Canada over host Slovakia in overtime at WU18

 

POPRAD, SLOVAKIA – 2017 NHL Draft prospect Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) scored his second of the game 2:38 into overtime to break a 3-3 stalemate between Canada and host Slovakia, improving Canada to 1-1-0-0 at the event.

Defenceman Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) picked up the lone assist on the winner as the 4-3 victory also featured Canadian goals from Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans) and Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm).

Up 3-1 after one period, the lead slipped away as Slovakia’s Adam Liska would score his second of the game shorthanded 2:38 into the third period to knot the score at three.

Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) made 26 saves to force overtime before Mattheos stepped up with his second of the game to give Canada the win before a crowd of 4,381 in Poprad.

Draft eligible forward Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting) had an assist in the loss for Slovakia as they were outshot 36-29 and fall to 0-0-1-1 in the preliminary round.

Team Canada captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) earned Player of the Game honours.

Canada sits behind Finland for second place in Group A sporting a 1-1-0-0 mark. The IIHF awards three points for a regulation win and two points for an overtime win.

Canada returns to action on Monday against Switzerland.

GAME SUMMARY

Prior to the game Hockey Canada announced that defenceman David Noel of the Val-d’Or Foreurs was added to the roster, while forwards Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks and Jack Studnicka of the Oshawa Generals would be joining in time for Monday’s game.

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