McDavid scores three goals as Canada beats Sweden 6-0 at U18 hockey championship
SOCHI, Russia – Connor McDavid scored three power-play goals and Canada clinched first place in its group with a 6-0 rout of Sweden on Tuesday at the world under-18 hockey championship.
McDavid opened the scoring 1:17 into the game, and sealed the victory with a pair of goals in the third period.
The 16-year-old Erie Otters forward, who added an assist, has 11 points in four games at the tournament.
Zach Nastasiuk, Morgan Klimchuk and Nick Ritchie scored in the second period as Canada pulled away from the Swedes.
Philippe Desrosiers made 28 saves for the shutout.
Despite the lopsided score, Canadian assistant coach Jody Hull said he didn't feel his team was in control until late in the second period. Canada took three straight minor penalties after McDavid's game-opening goal, allowing Sweden to build momentum.
“We had some real good momentum early before we ran into penalty problems,” Hull said. “We got back and started doing what we need to do to win games.”
Canada finished first in Group B with a 4-0 record, outscoring its opponents 23-3. The Canadians will play the Czech Republic, which finished fourth in Group A, in Thursday's quarter-finals.
Sweden will face the United States on Thursday. The Americans, who finished third in Group A, are looking for a fifth straight gold medal at the event.
Hull said while Canada would love a crack at the Americans, his team is prepared to face any opponent in the medal round.
“The Canada-U.S. rivalry is at a high in both men's and women's game right now,” Hull said. “If we get to the final and we play the Americans, great. If it's another team, we'll be prepared for them.”
||City, Country||Sochi, RUS
|Date||Tuesday, April 23, 2013
||Time||04:00 a.m. ET
|Goals & Penalties/ Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
01:17 CAN Connor McDavid (Josh Morrissey, Madison Bowey) PP/AN
00:45 SWE Victor Crus Rydberg (Kneeing)
03:59 CAN Morgan Klimchuk (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
07:00 CAN Nick Ritchie (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
12:47 CAN Morgan Klimchuk (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
14:17 SWE Victor Crus Rydberg (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
03:26 CAN Zach Nastasiuk (Hunter Garlent)
09:03 CAN Morgan Klimchuk (Josh Morrissey, Connor McDavid) PP/AN
17:44 CAN Nick Ritchie (Chris Bigras, Nick Baptiste)
08:11 SWE Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Hooking/Accrocher)
11:48 CAN Carter Verhaeghe (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
15:55 SWE William Nylander (Interference/Obstruction)
16:45 CAN Madison Bowey (Holding/Retenir)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
06:54 CAN Connor McDavid (Morgan Klimchuk, Sam Morin) PP/AN
12:17 CAN Connor McDavid (Sam Reinhart) PP/AN
06:00 SWE Lucas Wallmark (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
11:27 SWE Rasmus Andersson (Elbowing/Donner du coude)
13:18 SWE Andreas Borgman (Kneeing)
14:44 CAN Nick Baptiste (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
17:41 CAN Yan-Pavel Laplante (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|SWE||Jonas Johansson (off 2nd/17:44)
Ebbe Sionas (in 2nd/17:44)
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur de match|