Sweden 4 - Canada 2
DRESDEN, Germany - Canada received a wake-up call at the IIHF Under-18 men's hockey championshipTuesday.
Sweden scored four unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Canadians 4-2 in the final
gameof the preliminary round.
Linus Froberg opened scoring for Sweden 2:04 into the third. Gustav Bjorklund scored at the 14:14 mark andOscar Klebom followed 38 seconds later. Joachim Nermark added an empty-net goal in the final minute ofplay.
Goaltender Niklas Lundstrom made 20 saves to earn the win.
“You can call it a learning lesson, a reality check, whatever you want, bottom line is there's some goodhockey players and good hockey teams over here,'' said Canada's head coach MikeWilliamson. “There's one way we're going to win and one way only and that's thephysical, aggressive, Canadian-type of game and we didn't do that for 60 minutes today.''
Nick Cousins and Ryan Murphy both scored their third goals of the tournament for Canada. Goalie MalcolmSubban stopped 33 shots.
“We were very, very good in the first period today. We played a physical, aggressive, great game on thewall,'' said Williamson. “But our game got away from us starting in the second and carried into thethird.''
The win vaults Sweden over Canada in Group B's standings, meaning the Canadians will play Germany in thequarter-final of the tournament on Thursday. As the top team in its group, Sweden earns a bye to thesemifinals.
“I'm not going to make any decisions this minute, we're going to go look at the video and see if there'sany major adjustments we have to make,'' Williamson said on preparing for Germany. “I think the biggestadjustment we have to make is sticking to our game plan.''
Canada's 22-player roster includes 14 players from the Ontario Hockey League, six players from the WesternHockey League and two players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Canada finished seventh at last year's tournament in Belarus. Canada last won gold in 2008.
|Arena||Energie Verblund Arena||City, Country||Dresden, GER|
|Month / Day / Year||04/19/2011||Time||01:30 PM ET|
12:59 CAN 19 Nick Cousins
01:47 CAN 14 Ryan Murphy
02:04 SWE 28 Linus Froberg (19 Oscar Klefbom)
14:14 SWE 11 Gustav Bjorklund (29 Filip Forsberg)
14:52 SWE 19 Oscar Klefbom
19:34 SWE 30 Niklas Lundstrom EN
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|