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Taylor Gauthier stands tall as Canada completes comeback over Finland

Prince George Cougars goaltender makes 39 saves to win World Under-18 opener

Despite giving up three goals in the first period and a bit, Taylor Gauthier became a brick wall for Canada.

The Prince George Cougars goaltender made 39 saves on 42 shots in his country’s tournament opener at the 2019 World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Sweden this morning (April 18).

Canada rallied from that 3-0 deficit to beat Finland by a final score of 5-3, which is the 18-year-old's ninth career win between the pipes while wearing the maple leaf.

Brayden Tracey tied it at 3-3 in the third period and then added the winner, while Peyton Krebs sealed it with an empty-netter.

Alex Newhook and Jamieson Rees also scored for Canada.

Anton Lundell, Antti Saarela, and Aku Raty scored for Finland, the reigning tournament champion.

Canada hasn't won a medal at the annual event since taking bronze in 2015 and its last gold was in 2013.

Gauthier and the Canadians will face Switzerland tomorrow (April 19) with a 6:30 a.m. pacific puck drop.

Cougars forward Matej Toman also provided an assist for the Czech Republic in its 4-3 loss to Belarus.

- with files from The Canadian Press