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Heidt, Molendyk playing for Canada in Hlinka Gretzky Cup semifinal

Win over Finland will guarantee at least silver medal for host Canadians
Cougars Riley Heidt vs. Victoria Oct. 16 2021
Prince George Cougars centre Riley Heidt fires at the Victoria Royals net during a game at CN Centre last season. at CN Centre. Heidt is playing for Canada today against Finland in a semifinal game at the Hlkinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer.

Canada will play Finland today at 4 p.m. PT to determine who gets to play for gold Saturday at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup U18 hockey tournament in Red Deer.

A win today for Team Canada will guarantee Prince George Cougars centre Riley Heidt and McBride native Tanner Molendyk, a defenceman for the WHL ‘s Saskatoon Blades, will play for a medal at the eight-team tournament.

Both have been regular contributors to Canada’s offence. Through three preliminary-round games, Heidt ranks 11th in tournament scoring with three goals and one assist while Molendyk has a goal and three assists and is 15th on the scoring list.

Canada has outscored its opponents 26-1. The Canadians opened with a 14-0 win over Switzerland, then defeated Slovakia 9-1 and Sweden 3-0.

Finland finished second in Group with a 2-0-1 record. The Finns started with a 4-3 shootout loss to Czechia, then posted 4-1 wins over the United States and Germany.

Czechia (3-0-0) will take on Sweden (2-1-0) in the other semifinal tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT.