Game Summary
Canada 4 - Sweden 5
 

CANADA FALLS 5-4 TO SWEDEN, HEADS TO RELEGATION AT WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP

BOBRUISK, Belarus – Canadian coach Guy Carbonneau has a theory about where it all went wrong, and he offered it after watching his team stumble to another defeat at the IIHF World U18 Championship.

“I just have the feeling that they thought everything was going to be easy,” Carbonneau said on Sunday. “And that wasn't the case.”

Canada fell 5-4 to Sweden in its final preliminary round game on Sunday, and faces relegation play for the first time in tournament history. Under a worst-case scenario – such as finishing in ninth or 10th place – the Canadians face deportation to the B Pool, with the lesser lights of the hockey world.

The team finished fourth in Group A this year after losses to Switzerland (3-1), the United States (5-0) and Sweden. Canada thrashed host Belarus 11-3 for its only win in the preliminary round.

Canada returns to the ice to face Latvia on Wednesday and Slovakia on Thursday in relegation play. It only needs to win one of those two games to maintain its spot in the championship pool.

“I think they're starting to realize that they need to get mad at themselves and not at the rest of the world, or at the other teams,” Carbonneau said of his young players. “I think the other teams are just playing their games, and I think there's been a lot of frustration in our game.”

Canada stumbled to a slow start against Sweden on Sunday, falling behind 4-0 before discovering a spark in the third period. Ryan O'Connor (Saginaw, OHL), Christian Thomas (Oshawa, OHL), Freddie Hamilton (Niagara, OHL) and Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw, WHL) all scored for Canada.

After Sweden scored the go-ahead goal, Canada pressed furiously for the final 90 seconds of the third period. Sweden missed a pair of empty-net attempts, with goaltender Jonas Gunnarsson making a critical save as time expired.

Had Canada been able to harness that kind of intensity at the beginning of the game, the outcome might have been different.

Gunnarsson stopped 15 of 19 shots in the win for Sweden. Canadian goalie Kent Simpson allowed three goals on 16 shots before he was replaced in the second period with Calvin Pickard, who allowed two goals on 14 shots.

The Canadian roster is comprised of 13 players from the OHL, seven from the WHL and two the QMJHL.

Canada finished fourth at the tournament last year, and won it two years ago.

“We're not where we want to be,” Carbonneau said. “Our goal was to go to Minsk and play for a medal. Now, it's not the case, but we still want to finish the tournament on a good note.”

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2010 IIHF WU18C Location/Emplacement Bobruisk, BLR
Date Sun. Apr. 18, 2010 Arena/Aréna Bobruisk Arena
Time/Heure 8:30 am ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game #/No du match 18

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
CAN
0
0
4
4
SWE
2
2
1
5

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
04:07 SWE Victor Rask (Joachim Nermark)
10:54 SWE John Vestin (Victor Berglind, Max Friberg) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:00 SWE Jonas Gunnarsson (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
09:35 CAN Ryan O’Connor (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
16:24 CAN Ryan Spooner (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:26 CAN Erik Gudbranson (Roughing/Rudesse)
19:34 SWE Joachim Nermark (Hooking/Accrocher) --

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
09:11 SWE Ludvig Rensfeldt (Patrik Nemeth)
19:45 SWE Mattias Granlund (Patrik Nemeth, Victor Rask) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
05:02 SWE Max Friberg (Hooking/Accrocher)
13:45 CAN Michaël Bournival (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
15:05 SWE Max Friberg (Misconduct/Inconduite)
15:05 CAN Max Reinhart (Misconduct/Inconduite)
15:20 CAN Quinton Howden (High-sticking/Bâton élévé)
15:20 CAN Jordan Weal (Misconduct/Inconduite)
18:49 CAN Brett Connolly (Slashing/Coup de bâton)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
02:02 CAN Ryan O’Connor (Stephen Silas, Greg McKegg) PP/AN
04:58 CAN Christian Thomas (Greg McKegg, Steven Shipley)
06:15 SWE Mattias Granlund (Victor Rask, Joachim Nermark)
14:37 CAN Freddie Hamilton (Quinton Howden)
18:13 CAN Quinton Howden (Freddie Hamilton, Jordan Weal)

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:53 SWE Patrik Nemeth (Interference/Obstruction)

Goaltenders CAN Kent Simpson; Calvin Pickard (in 2nd/09:11)
Gardiens de but SWE Jonas Gunnarsson
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 5 3 11 19
Tirs au but SWE 14 10 6 30
 
Referee/Arbitre Martin Frano, Eduards Odins
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Antti Orelma, Tomas Orolin
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