Canada still perfect at U18 worlds

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Point's line scores twice in 2-1 win over Slovaks

They left it until the third period twice this weekend, but Canada is still unbeaten at the under-18 worlds.

Brayden Point in action with the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Brendan Perlini scored his second goal of the game with 6:37 remaining to give Canada a 2-1 win over Slovakia at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Finland Sunday. Canada scored three third period goals to beat Germany 5-2 on Saturday.

"It shows our character and it proves to the guys in the room that we can get it done if we're down a goal or if we need a goal," said Moose Jaw Warriors centre Brayden Point who set up Perlini's game-winner and was on the ice for both Canada goals.

Juraj Milly gave Slovakia a 1-0 lead thanks to a short-handed goal in the first period.

Perlini tied the game in the second period on the power play before scoring the game-winner in the third period. 

Slovakia sits in second place in the group, though they still have to play the Swedes.

"We played a good game. Slovakia is a lot stronger of a team than people give them credit for," said Point. "It was a hard game and it was good to get the win."

Point felt they played a solid game for 60 minutes against Slovakia.

Canada was also pushed Saturday against Germany. 

Daniel Audette and Red Deer's Conner Bleackley gave Canada leads, but twice the Germans tied the game. 

Ryan Gropp broke the deadlock with 5:36 left in the game before Travis Konecny added an insurance goal with Point picking up an assist.

Jared McCann also scored as Canada found the net three times in 5:01 to close out the game.

Canada opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Swedes.

"There's always little stuff and system stuff that we can work on, but the ball is rolling right now, so we want to keep it going."

Point has been centering Konecny from the Ottawa 67's and Niagara's Perlini so far in the tournament.

"They're great players, obviously. They put up points in their league. It's good playing with them," said Point who has won 74 per cent of his face-offs so far in the tournament.

Canada will meet Russia Tuesday (7 a.m., TSN).

The Russians beat the Slovaks in overtime and lost to the Swedes in overtime and sit in third place in Pool A.

Warriors defenceman Alexey Sleptsov scored Saturday for the Russians. Trailing 3-0, Russia scored three third period goals against Sweden before losing 4-3 in a shootout.

Like Point, Sleptsov is an assistant captain for the Russians.

"It's going to be cool to play against him and Canada-Russia is always a good game, so we're looking forward to that one," said Point.

Geographic location: Canada, Slovakia, Finland Russia Germany Red Deer Ottawa Sweden

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