Canada loses to Sweden at U-18 World Championship, Russia beats the USA in Shootout
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) April 27, 2019
Canada suffered its first loss at the U-18 World Championship on Saturday with a 4-3 semifinal loss to Sweden. Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers) led the way for Canada in the loss with two goals. Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg Ice) each added an assist. Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars) was in net for Canada, making 26 saves on 30 shots. Canada will face the USA in an early-morning bronze medal game on Sunday against the USA.
In the other semi-final match-up, Russia pulled off a huge upset victory over an American team led by 2019 NHL Entry Draft prospects Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield in a shootout. The Russian team features Nikita Sedov (Regina Pats) but he was held out of his second consecutive game at the tournament.
Oil Kings head coach Lauer fined
#Edmonton #OilKings head coach Brad Lauer was fined $1,500 by the #WHL office today for his public comments made after last night's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Lauer criticized the officials. Link from my story last night included. https://t.co/ev7G1Xf6r8
— Darren Steinke (@StanksSports) April 28, 2019
Edmonton Oil Kings head coach Brad Lauer has been fined $1500 by the WHL for publicly criticizing the officials after Friday night’s 4-0 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders. The Oil Kings return to the ice today against those Raiders and they’ll be playing for their playoff lives as Prince Albert holds a 3-2 series lead entering Game six.
Jack Adams Award Nominees Announced
Your three finalists for the Jack Adams Award are in!
— NHL (@NHL) April 26, 2019
WHL alumni Craig Berube and Barry Trotz have been nominated for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. Berube played 210 games in the WHL with the New Westminster Bruins, Kamloops Blazers and Medicine Hat Tigers scoring 67 goals and adding 94 assists. Trotz played 153 games for the Regina Pats and had 14 goals and 49 assists. He also spent time with the Spokane Chiefs as a scout in the 1987-88 season.
WHL alumni Guy Phillips passes away at 53
Today we are mourning the passing of a great Med.Hat Tiger, Guy Phillips. He succumbed to a long battle with Brain cancer. He was a member of Memorial Cup winning Tiger teams in the 80’s. He loved people and his family as he did the game. We miss you Guy.
— Bob Ridley (@BobRidley_CHAT) April 27, 2019
DubNetwork would like to extend its condolences to the friends and family of Guy Phillips who passed away at the age of 53 following a long battle with Brain cancer. Phillips played 183 games in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers scoring 81 goals and adding 105 assists before moving on to a pro career that lasted 13 seasons.