Prince Albert’s Zablocki has two point afternoon as Canadian U18 team thumps Finland

Photo courtesy of Carlton Global Sports Academy. Stryker Zablocki won a trio of medals at track and field provincials in Saskatoon

Prince Albert’s Stryker Zablocki was one of eight goal scorers as the Canadian U18 Women’s Team hammered Finland 10-1 in an exhibition game on Monday.

Zablocki was one of five players to register a goal and an assist in the game. Caitlin Kraemer led all Canadians with two goals and two assists.

Canada led from start to finish on Monday, jumping out to a 4-0 first period lead, then adding three more goals in the second to go up 7-0.

Zablocki’s goal was Canada’s fourth of the first period. The Prince Albert product parked herself in front of the net and deposited a cross-crease pass from Kraemer past Finnish netminder Kerttu Kuja-Halkola.

Canada made it 8-0 in the third on a short-handed goal before Finland broke the shutout. Canada then scored two more goals to make the final 10-1.

Zablocki has been named to the U18 Canadian squad that will take on Team USA in a three-game series in Lake Placid, New York. The series runs from Aug. 16-19.

Team Canada head coach Tara Watchorn said Canada has a balanced squad heading into the series.

“We have a very fast and skilled group,” Watchorn said. “We can play with creativity, we have firepower from the back end, and it will be a fun team to watch. You can see the difference in this group every day, and it’s important we continue with that growth mindset. Our goal is to get better every day.”

Game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST on Aug. 16.