SWEDEN EARNS 4-3 VICTORY OVER CANADA AT MEMORIAL OF IVAN HLINKA TOURNAMENT
BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Sweden scored three straight goals en route to a 4-3 win over Canada at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 men's hockey tournament on Tuesday.
Jared McCann opened the scoring for Canada at 3:14 of the first period before Sweden countered with three straight – including two from Kevin Elgestal – to take a 3-1 advantage into the third.
Sam Bennett's power-play goal at 3:54 of the third pulled Canada (1-1) to within 3-2 but Sweden's Michael Nylander Altelius countered with the man advantage at 6:09. Spencer Watson added another power-goal at 8:01 but that's as close as the defending champion Canadians could get.
Robin Kovacs had the other goal for Sweden (1-1) against their Group A rival.
Canadian coach Dale Hunter said his squad dug itself in a hole it could never get out of.
“We didn't come out well and got down 3-1,” said Hunter, the head coach of the OHL's London Knights. “Against good teams like Sweden if you get down 3-1 it's tough to come back.”
“But we didn't quit. We had good scoring chances to tie it up but couldn't get one by the goalie.”
Swedish starter Jesper Eriksson left the game at 6:51 of the third with a suspected broken leg when a Canadian player slid into him after being tripped. Sweden's Gustav Frosling received the tripping minor on the play.
That forced backup Linus Soderstrom into the game but he only allowed Watson's power-play goal.
“He (Soderstrom) played very well,” Hunter said. “He made some big stops.”
Canada opened the tournament Monday with a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic while Sweden's first game was a 3-2 loss to Switzerland. Fortunately for the Canadians, they don't have time to worry about the loss as they face the Swiss on Wednesday in another Group A showdown.
“In our first two games, we cycled the puck well and got pucks to the net,” Hunter said. “We had our chances, we just have to bury them.
“We gave up four goals (versus Sweden) and have to tighten up defensively.”
|Arena||Alcaplast Arena||City, Country||Breclav, CZE|
|Date||Tuesday, August 6, 2013
||Time||09:00 a.m. ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
03:14 CAN Jared McCann (Brendan Lemieux)
06:17 SWE Robin Kovacs (Daniel Muzito Bagenda)
08:07 SWE Kevin Elgestal (Dmytro Timashov)
03:19 CAN Michael Dal Colle (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:28 CAN Roland McKeown (Roughing/Rudesse)
09:28 SWE Robin Kovacs (Roughing/Rudesse)
11:46 SWE Rasmus Andersson (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
01:01 SWE Kevin Elgestal
02:41 SWE Adrian Kempe (Roughing/Rudesse)
07:00 SWE Emil Johansson (Holding/Retenir)
08:19 CAN Sam Bennett (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
10:53 CAN Roland McKeown (Elbowing/Donner du coude)
14:54 SWE Andreas Englund (Interference/Obstruction)
18:29 SWE Andreas Englund (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
19:37 CAN Bench/Banc (Too Many Players/Trop du joueurs)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
03:54 CAN Sam Bennett (Spencer Watson) PP/AN
06:09 SWE Michael Nylander Altelius (Anton Karlsson) PP/AN
08:01 CAN Spencer Watson (Jake Virtanen, Sam Bennett) PP/AN
02:56 SWE Rasmus Andersson (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
05:29 CAN Sam Bennett (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
06:51 SWE Gustav Frosling (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
09:28 SWE William Lagesson (Interference/Obstruction)
09:28 CAN Brendan Lemieux (Roughing/Rudesse)
15:34 CAN Spencer Watson (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
16:31 SWE Bench/Banc (Too Many Players/Trop du joueurs)
18:47 CAN Spencer Watson (Major - Kneeing/Majeur - Donner du genou)
18:47 CAN Spencer Watson (Game Misconduct/Extrême inconduite)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|SWE||Jesper Eriksson (out 3rd/06:51); Linus Soderstrom (in 3rd/06:51)
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|