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Merkley picks up assists as Canada defeats Switzerland 5-0

By Jessica Gowans, hockeycanada.ca

Russia – Olivier Rodrigue (Chicoutimi, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) got the shutout, turning away all 17 shots he faced to lead Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a 5-0 win over Switzerland on Sunday at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship.

With the win, Canada moves to a perfect 3-0 in preliminary play, tied for top spot in Group B with Sweden ahead of a first-place showdown on Tuesday (10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT).

It was a dominant performance for Canada from start to finish, jumping out to a 13-4 lead in shots through the first period, and finishing the game with 39-17 advantage.

Rodrigue wasn’t busy, but was sharp when he needed to be to preserve the shutout, including two fantastic kick saves while the Swiss were pressuring on the power play in the second period.

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