Cana­dian teams run the gamut of emo­tions

Un­der-18s re­tain world gold; heart­break­ing loss for home side in U20 fi­nal at the Glacier

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One Cana­dian team was golden at the Glacier on Sun­day. The other was gut­ted. Canada’s un­der-18 team, with a ros­ter that in­cluded four New­found­lan­ders, suc­cess­fully de­fended its world crown with a 3-1 win over the Czech Repub­lic in the di­vi­sion fi­nal of the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Ball and Street Hockey Fed­er­a­tion’s ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Mount Pearl. But Canada had to set­tle for a sec­ond straight world sil­ver in the U20 di­vi­sion as a re­sult of a 4-3 over­time loss to the Czech Repub­lic on Sun­day night. The

In the U18 de­cid­ing game, Jack Keough of St. John’s and Brent Broad­ers of Gan­der — Canada’s lead­ing scorer in the tour­na­ment — each had as­sists for the win­ning side.

Daw­son Mercer of Bay Roberts and Adam Mouland of Gan­der are also part of the Cana­dian team, which was per­fect in the tour­na­ment, go­ing 5-0 in the pre­lim­i­nary round for a first-place fin­ish that sent it straight to Sun­day’s fi­nal.

In the U20 cham­pi­onship game, the Czechs got a pow­er­play goal from Marek Ste­fka 10 min­utes into the ex­tra frame for the win.

The re­sult was a re­ver­sal of the Cana­dian-Czech pre­lim­i­nary-round con­test, which saw the Cana­di­ans pre­vail in OT.

Jor­dan Ma­her of Gan­der, one of five New­found­lan­ders on Canada’s U20 ros­ter, had a goal and an as­sist in Sun­day’s gold-medal game. Joel Bishop of St. John’s and Jesse Sut­ton of Mount Pearl had an as­sist on Ma­her’s tally.

James O’Brien of Mount Pearl and Kyle McGrath were also part of the host un­der-20 en­try, with Mike Dyke of Gan­der an as­sis­tant on the coach­ing staff.

Canada had gone 3-1-0 in round-robin play, los­ing only to the Slo­vakia. But the hosts ral­lied for a 9-2 shel­lack­ing of the Slo­vaks in a Satur­day semi­fi­nal.

Canada had lost to Slo­vakia in the U20 fi­nal at the 2016 world ju­niors in Sh­effield, Eng­land. The world ju­nior cham­pi­onships are held ev­ery two years.

KEITH GOSSE PHOTO

Cana­dian goal­tender Chris Curr turns aside a shot by the Czech Repub­lic’s Jakub Vo­bruba (23) dur­ing the cham­pi­onship fi­nal in the un­der-20 di­vi­sion of the world ju­nior ball hockey cham­pi­onships Sun­day at the Mount Pearl Glacier.

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