Starting off strong.
Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Tyler Soy hit the scoresheet in Canada’s opening 5-1 victory over Switzerland at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Soy grabbed an assist on Mathew Barzal’s game-winner midway through the first period. The Canadians netted two goals in the first period, two in the second period and another in the third, outshooting the Swiss 36-21 in the game.
Lawson Crouse, Mitchell Stephens, Dylan Strome and Mitchell Vande Sompel also tallied for Canada, while Zachary Sawchenko turned aside 20 shots between the pipes.
Up next for Soy and Canada is a test against Sweden, which gets underway Tuesday at 5:00am PST.
Canada is on a quest for their seventh straight gold medal at the tournament and 19th gold medal overall. Since the tournament commenced in 1991, Canada has medaled 21 of 23 years.
At OHA, I had an opportunity to play with some of best players in the country and had coaches that pushed me to be my best, positioning me to play for the Penticton Vees and now the University of Denver.