Penticton Vees player Cole Shepard will come home empty-handed from the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Team Canada Red went into the bronze medal final against Sweden with the confidence of knowing they earlier beat them 7-2 in the preliminary round. However, the teams were evenly matched with the medal on the line and it took a shootout, with Sweden’s Lucas Raymond scoring the lone goal to give them a 4-3 win.
Shepard finished the tournament with four assists in six games, placing him fourth overall among all player in that stats category.
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Jesper Wallstedt and Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) put on a goaltending clinic with 45 saves apiece. Garand was the story through the first two periods, making 31 saves to keep Red within a goal, and Wallstedt stopped 27 of 28 through the third period and overtime before turning aside all five Canadians in the shootout.
The bronze is the eighth U17 medal for Sweden – it has won two gold, two silver and four bronze. Russia and Finland are playing for the gold medal game this afternoon.
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