Sweden 2, Canada West 3

CANADA WEST SURVIVES SWEDES, ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS

PENTICTON, B.C. – Nolan Kaiser’s power play goal five minutes into the third period was the difference as Canada West kept its chance for a fifth-straight World Junior A Challenge gold medal game appearance alive with a 3-2 quarter-final win over Sweden on Thursday night.

Kaiser’s goal came just five seconds into a Canadian power play – a WJAC record – and earned West the win in a game it was outshot 33-22. Matthew Krahn was spectacular in the Canadian goal, making 31 saves.

The win moves Canada West into the semifinals on Saturday (7:30 p.m. PT), where it will face the United States in a rematch of the last two gold medal games. In the other semi, Canada East will face Switzerland (4 p.m. PT).

After a scoreless first period – one in which the Canadians were outshot 12-6 – the Swedes hit the scoreboard first on a power play at 8:32 of the second when Linus Hultstrom snuck a shot past Krahn from a sharp angle, but Canada West pulled even just 2:07 later, the puck deflecting off the skate of Dylan Walchuk after a set up from captain Clarke Breitkreuz.

The two teams played a wild final minute of the middle frame. First, Canadian defenceman Ben Gallacher pounced on a loose puck in the Swedish crease, poking home the 2-1 goal on the power play at 19:08. Just 40 seconds later, however, Swedish forward Sebastian Dyk beat Krahn on a shorthanded breakaway, sending the game to the second intermission at 2-2.

Outshot 28-16 through two periods, Canada West retook the lead early in the third when Kaiser’s point shot eluded Swedish goaltender Jonas Gunnarsson, who made 19 saves in a losing cause.

With Gunnarsson on the bench and Breitkreuz in the penalty box for the final 45 seconds, the Swedes buzzed the Canadian goal, but could not get the tying goal past Krahn or the West defence.

The loss sends Sweden to the fifth-place game for the second year in a row; it will face Russia on Friday night (7:30 p.m. PT).

Game Information
Game Number 08 Round Quarter-Final
Arena South Okanagan Events Centre City, Country Penticton, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/11/2010 Time 7:30 PM PT
Attendance 1947 Game Status Final

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
Sweden (SWE) 0 2 0 2
Canada West (CAN W) 0 2 1 3

Goals/Penalties
First Period

Goals: 
   None

Penalties: 
05:41 CAN W 11 Joey Laleggia (Holding) 
11:58 CAN W 22 Sam Mellor (Cross Checking)

Second Period

Goals: 
   08:32 SWE 2 Linus Hultstrom (23 Pathrik Vesterholm, 17 Joakim Nordstrom) PP 
   10:39 CAN W 19 Dylan Walchuk (17 Clarke Breitkreuz) 
   19:08 CAN W 6 Ben Gallacher (23 Brendan O'Donnell, 10 Reed Linaker) PP 
   19:48 SWE 12 Sebastian Dyk (21 Sebastian Ottosson) SH 

Penalties: 
06:57 CAN W 14 Madison Dias (Hooking) 
09:22 SWE 9 Mattias Backman (Holding) 
09:38 CAN W 3 Nolan Kaiser (Tripping) 
15:06 CAN W 12 John Lidgett (High Sticking) 
17:26 SWE 11 Mattias Granlund (Holding) 
17:26 SWE 11 Mattias Granlund (Tripping)

Third Period

Goals: 
   05:18 CAN W 3 Nolan Kaiser (15 Ryan Marshall) PP 

Penalties: 
05:13 SWE 19 Erik Thorell (Holding) 
08:38 SWE 17 Joakim Nordstrom (Tripping) 
08:38 SWE 17 Joakim Nordstrom (10-Minute Misconduct) 
19:15 CAN W 17 Clarke Breitkreuz (Delay of Game) 
20:00 CAN W 3 Nolan Kaiser (Cross Checking)


Goaltenders
Sweden 30 Jonas Gunnarsson On 1/0:000 Off 3/20:00
Canada West 31 Matthew Krahn On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
Sweden 12 16 5 33
Canada West 6 10 6 22

Player of the Game
Sweden 12 Sebastian Dyk
Canada West 3 Nolan Kaiser
Scoreboard
Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. AT WST2 5 - WST1 2
Preliminary
7:30 p.m. AT EST 4 - HST 2
Preliminary
Friday, May 17, 2013
  OFF DAY  
Saturday, May 18, 2013
2:00 p.m. AT CEN 4 - WST2 5 (OT)
Semifinal
6:00 p.m. AT HST 3- WST1 2 (OT)
Semifinal
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. AT HST 1 - WST2 3
Championship



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