OHA alums win bronze at Under-18s

Apr 28, 2014

A pair of Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni are coming home with bronze medals.

Joe Hicketts, Ryan Gropp and the Canadian Under-18 team capped off the IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a 3-1 win over Sweden in the bronze medal showdown on Sunday.

HickettsU182Crop.jpgHicketts led the Canadians with two assists in the game, as well as a team-high +2 rating, bringing his overall tournament stats to four points (1-3-4) and +3 in seven games.

Gropp didn’t hit the score-sheet in the final game, but the Seattle Thunderbirds forward did finish the tournament with a goal and an assist, along with a +4 rating and 13 shots on goal in seven games.

The Canadians finished first overall in the preliminary round with a 3-0-1 record, and were able to knock of Switzerland with a thrilling 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals. A 4-3 overtime loss to Czech Republic ended Canada’s bid for a gold medal.

This isn’t the first time Hicketts has brought home a medal with the national under-18 team. The Victoria Royals defenceman won gold with Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial last August.

The United States defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 in the gold medal game.


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