Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-18 Team Loses to Czech Republic in Hlinka Gretzky Cup Tuneup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-18 Team Loses to Czech Republic in Hlinka Gretzky Cup Tuneup

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Canada falls short against Czech Republic

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RED DEER, Alta. - Marcel Barinka scored two goals as the Czech Republic beat Canada 4-3 in a pre-tournament game for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Saturday night.

It was the first and only tuneup for both teams before the under-18 event begins Monday in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta.

Canada faces Switzerland in its opener in Edmonton. The Swiss lost 7-0 to Russia in an exhibition game Saturday in Lacombe, Alta.

Jakob Pelletier scored two goals for Canada against the Czechs, while Dylan Cozens added a single. Goaltender Taylor Gauthier took the loss in net.

"(The game) had a good pace to it with a lot of intensity," said Cozens.

"They want to beat us and we want to beat them, so we were both going as hard as we could. …

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