LINDBLOM’S HAT TRICK LEADS SWEDEN TO GOLD MEDAL GAME
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Oskar Lindblom scored a hat trick, including the game-winner on a third period power play, as Sweden advanced to the gold medal game at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 6-4 semifinal win over Quebec on Thursday night.
The Swedes are in the gold medal game (vs. Russia, Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN2) for just the third time in tournament history. They’re 0-2 in previous appearances – Mats Sundin led Sweden to the 1988 final, only to lose to Pavel Bure and the Soviet Union, and the Sedin twins helped the Scandinavians to silver in 1997, losing to Ontario.
Lindblom scored once in the first period, once in the second and once in the third, giving him a tournament-leading eight goals and 12 points in five games. Pierre Engvall, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Henrik Törnqvist had the other goals for Sweden.
William Nylander Altelius had two assists in the win. The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander has racked up eight helpers thus far, tops among all players.
Alexis Pépin (Candiac, Que./P.E.I., LHJMQ), Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (Sorel, Que./Val-d’Or, LHJMQ), Olivier LeBlanc (Quebec City, Que./Saint John, LHJMQ) and Daniel Audette (Blainville, Que./Sherbrooke, LHJMQ) scored for Quebec, which was trying to advance to the gold medal game for the first time since winning the last of its four gold medals in 2006.
All four goal scorers also had assists.
With the game tied 2-2 midway through the second period, the Swedes struck for two shorthanded goals in a span of eight minutes to take a two-goal lead to the third.
Twice Quebec pulled to within a goal in the final frame, but it was not to be for the French Canadians, who will meet the United States in Friday’s bronze medal game in Drummondville (3 p.m. ET).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||24
|Arena/Aréna||Centre Marcel Dionne||Location/Lieu||Drummondville, Que.|
|Date||Thurs. Jan. 3, 2013
||Time/Heure||07:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
07:58 SWE 23 Oskar Lindblom (20 William Nylander Altelius)
11:54 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (3 Olivier LeBlanc, 23 Daniel Audette) PP
17:04 QUE 16 Nicolas Aubé‐Kubel (10 Alexandre Delisle-Houde)
18:55 SWE 24 Pierre Engvall
00:17 QUE 11 Julien Nantel (Tripping)
08:42 QUE 23 Daniel Audette (Hooking)
11:39 SWE 17 Adrian Kempe (Interference)
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
09:27 SWE 23 Oskar Lindblom (9 Gustaf Franzén) SH
17:19 SWE 19 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (3 William Lagesson) SH
03:37 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (Tripping)
08:47 SWE 27 Henrik Törnqvist (Holding)
15:20 SWE 6 Emil Johansson (Tripping)
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
02:11 QUE 3 Olivier LeBlanc (16 Nicolas Aubé‐Kubel) PP
08:00 SWE 23 Oskar Lindblom (13 Sebastian Aho, 20 William Nylander Altelius) PP
08:43 QUE 23 Daniel Audette (18 Alexis Pépin, 2 Carl Neill)
18:11 SWE 27 Henrik Törnqvist
01:12 SWE 3 William Lagesson (Hooking)
03:41 QUE 6 Julien Bahl (Delay of Game)
07:35 QUE 3 Olivier LeBlanc (Elbowing)
13:04 QUE 18 Alexis Pépin (High Sticking)
13:45 QUE 2 Carl Neill (Tripping)
13:58 SWE 13 Sebastian Aho (10-Minute Misconduct)
13:58 SWE 13 Sebastian Aho (Checking from Behind)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
||30 Julio Billia||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|SWE||30 Jesper Eriksson||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
||7 Adam Ollas Mattsson|
|QUE||23 Daniel Audette