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Canadian hockey team wins bronze at under-18 world championship

April 23, 2012

Canada's youth hockey team took home the bronze medal at the IIHF under-18 world championship over the weekend. The team went up against Finland and won five to four in overtime, according to Postmedia News. Hunter Shinkaruk, a forward from Calgary, scored the winning goal, completing a hat trick just over two minutes into the overtime period. The under-18 team had not won a medal since 2008, so the victory was embraced warmly even though they would have preferred to take the gold.

"This isn't a tournament that we've historically medaled in very often," Canadian coach Jesse Wallin told the Toronto Sun. "We fell a bit short of our goal, but at the same time given the situation, we're certainly happy coming home with something as opposed to nothing."

Postmedia News reports the Canadian team has typically had difficulty winning medals at the world championship tournament, as the Canadian Hockey League playoffs often coincide with the competition. Those who want to find out more about the under-18 team's victory can make calls to Canada with international calling cards.

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