Dob­son plays key role

Summerside na­tive earns two as­sists in help­ing Canada win 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memo­rial Cup

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS

De­fence­man Noah Dob­son is re­turn­ing home with a gold medal.

The 17-year-old son of An­drew and Jenny Dob­son of Summerside earned two as­sists in Canada’s 4-1 vic­tory over the Czech Repub­lic in the goldmedal game of the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memo­rial Cup un­der-18 hockey tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

Dob­son and Jack McBain set up Joe Ve­leno’s goal at 2:19 of the se­cond pe­riod, which gave Canada a 2-0 ad­van­tage.

Then, with just 31 sec­onds re­main­ing in the se­cond pe­riod, Dob­son and Akil Thomas drew as­sists on an im­por­tant goal by Kevin Bahl.

That tally sent the Cana­di­ans into the se­cond in­ter­mis­sion ahead 3-1, and McBain added an in­sur­ance marker at 7:53 of the third pe­riod.

Team Canada goal­tender Olivier Ro­drigue turned aside 18 of 19 shots.

Over­all record

Over­all, Canada com­pleted play at 4-1, with their lone set­back a shootout de­ci­sion to Rus­sia in the tour­na­ment opener.

Dob­son, who played in the World Un­der-17 Hockey Chal­lenge for Canada Red last season, reg­is­tered three as­sists in the five games.

Dob­son was se­lected for Team Canada’s un­der-18 team at a se­lec­tion camp in Cal­gary in July.

Next up for Dob­son, a prod­uct of the Summerside Area Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, is train­ing camp for his sopho­more season in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League with the AcadieBathurst Ti­tan.

Dob­son is el­i­gi­ble for the 2018 Na­tional Hockey League En­try Draft.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Noah Dob­son in ac­tion with the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan dur­ing the 2016-17 Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League season.

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