Sudbury Wolves standout Quinton Byfield may be away from the team, but the spotlight is still shining on the 16-year-old 2018 OHL first overall pick.
Byfield is playing for Team Canada Black at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in New Brunswick and through three games, all three of Canada's teams (red, white, black) are undefeated against their international opponents.
Team Canada Black is the only Canadian representative at the tournament with a mark in the loss column, but that came in a 5-4 overtime loss to Team Canada White.
Byfield's squad played a high-scoring back and forth contest with Team USA on Wednesday, Nov. 6 coming out on top by a score of 5-4 thanks to a late goal by Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Ryan O'Rourke, with Byfield chipping in an assist on the winner.
The Wolves forward got on the scoresheet earlier in the game with an impressive solo effort that put Team Canada Black on top for the first time in the game after falling behind 2-0 in the first period.
Byfield chipped the puck by a USA defender at his own blue line before streaking through the neutral and breaking into the USA zone one-on-three and ripping a wrist shot by USA netminder Drew Commesso.
Check out Byfield's highlight reel goal below.
A beautiful effort by Quinton Byfield to keep the play alive results in Canada taking the 3-2 lead. What a release on his wrist shot, so much power. What a play by the @Sudbury_Wolves star. #WorldU17 pic.twitter.com/S2GCG0g4xk— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) November 6, 2018
Byfield and Team Canada Black are back on the ice Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. EST to take on Team Sweden who hold a record of 1-1-1.
That game can be streamed online at hockeycanada.ca.