Canada U-18s crush the Swiss

Canada had plenty to work on heading into the world under-18 hockey championship.

Canada 8 Switzerland 1

FARGO, N.D. — Canada had plenty to work on heading into the world under-18 hockey championship.

It looks like the power play is functioning just fine.

Ethan Werek and Joey Hishon each scored twice, and the Canadians once again took advantage of an opponent’s lack of discipline in an 8-1 win over Switzerland on Saturday.

Werek, who plays for the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, and Hishon, of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack, combined to score three of Canada’s five man-advantage goals against the Swiss.

Canada had four goals in five power-play chances in its tournament-opening 11-2 rout of Germany on Thursday.

Canadian head coach Mike Johnston applauded his team’s special teams.

“We focused on (special teams) from day one of our camp and it’s something our guys feel comfortable with,” said Johnston, the head coach of the WHL’s Portland Winter Hawks.

“We had a good start tonight and their goaltender was solid in the first period,” he added.

“We built momentum as the game went along and our finishers had their chance and put them away.”

Ryan O’Reilly of the OHL’s Erie Otters, Landon Ferraro of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, John McFarland of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and Zach Kassian of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes had the other goals for Canada (2-0), while Michael Zador of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds earned the win in goal.

Nino Niederreiter had the lone goal for Switzerland (0-2).

The Canadians overcame a so-so first period by dominating thoroughly in the second. And for the second straight game, it was the power play that led the way.

The games will get tougher for Canada, beginning with Monday’s showdown against the Czech Republic (1-1). The Canadians finish Pool A play against Sweden (2-0) on Tuesday.

Just Posted

Cannabis legalization won’t impact one Red Deer pot dispensary

Nothing changes for Compass Cannabis Clinic in Red Deer despite legalization

Cannabis retail store will open later in October in Red Deer

Two cannabis stores coming to downtown Red Deer

Neighbours drop opposition to Red Deer County communications tower

Communication tower to be located in Balmoral Heights

Legal cannabis comes with many unknowns: Red Deer County councillors

Councillors question how rural municipalities will be able to enforce cannabis regulations

Kitten season puts pressure on Red Deer shelter

More public education needed to control cat population

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

‘Start low, go slow’: Experts walk bud beginners through cannabis 101

With the countdown to cannabis legalization Wednesday ticking towards 4-20, some novice… Continue reading

NHL stays with status quo as Canada pot legalization looms

As Riley Cote took and delivered countless punches over more than a… Continue reading

Paul Stanley: Kiss farewell tour could include ex-members

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It won’t be all night, but former members… Continue reading

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

WASHINGTON — A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President… Continue reading

Canada open to growing trade with China now that USMCA is a done deal: PM

TORONTO — Canada is open to doing more business with China now… Continue reading

Pot shop raids “highly unlikely” on Wednesday: head of police chiefs

VANCOUVER — Police departments across Canada are fully prepared for marijuana legalization… Continue reading

Campers will be able to smoke cannabis at campsites in Canada’s national parks

Parks Canada says visitors should do their research on cannabis before going… Continue reading

U.S. pot firms urge Trump to deny Canadian producers’ ‘competitive advantage’

WASHINGTON — An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that… Continue reading

Most Read