Burlington’s Shane Wright had the right stuff in leading Canada to a golden finish at the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships on Thursday night in Frisco, Texas.
The Kingston Frontenacs centre capped off an impressive effort in the tournament with two goals and an assist to lead Canada to a 5-3 win over Russia in gold-medal game.
Connor Bedard, Brennan Othmann and Logan Stankoven also scored for Canada, who got an outstanding effort in goal by Ben Gaudreau.
The Sarnia Sting goaltender made 34 stops, several of them coming at key points of the game.
Wright’s first of the game came late in the first period with Canada on the power play.
He snapped a shot past Russian goaltender Sergei Ivanov, who was screened by Wright’s former Don Mills minor midget teammate Brennan Othmann, with just 45.6 seconds remaining to tie it at 2-2.
With Canada hanging on to a one-goal lead late in the third, Wright would seal the gold for Canada when he took a feed from Bedard with 40 seconds left in the game and fired it into the empty net.
The Burlington native finishes the tournament second in overall scoring, with nine goals and five assists for 14 points in just five games.