2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
November 3, 2018 3:30 pm AT
qplex
Quispamsis, N.B.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
0
1
1
1
4
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
14
20
48
10
9
12
31

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
4
0 / 2
8

Game Story

SWEDES USE BIG THIRD TO BEAT FINNS IN U17 OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Jesper Wallstedt was terrific in a 47-save performance, and Sweden scored four times in the third period to pull away for a 6-1 win over Finland in the tournament opener Saturday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Six different players scored for the Swedes, who beat their Nordic neighbours for the fifth time in seven all-time U17 meetings and avenged their preliminary-round loss from a year ago.

Alexander Holtz finished with a goal and an assist, while Samuel Eriksson added two helpers. Erik Hedlund, William Hallén, Lucas Raymond, Zion Nybeck and Daniel Ljungman also found the back of the net.

Holtz needed less than five minutes to open the scoring, racing away on the breakaway and tucking a backhand behind Finnish goaltender Joel Blomqvist for the lone goal of the first period.

Hedlund doubled the lead at 7:22 of the second period, snapping a quick shot past Blomqvist, but Roby Järventie finished a pretty cross-ice feed from Oliver Suni to get Finland within one again after 40 minutes.

The Finns held a 20-12 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, but it was the Swedes who lit up the scoreboard.

Hallén restored the two-goal advantage at 2:43, beating Blomqvist after a turnover deep in the Finnish zone, and Raymond jumped on a rebound in close just past the midway mark of the final frame.

Nybeck roofed a backhand in the slot for the 5-1 goal with five minutes left, before Ljungman redirected a Helge Grans shot with 95 seconds to go to finish the offensive festivities.

The Swedes are back in action Monday night, taking on Canada Red at the qplex (7 p.m. AT), right after the Finns face Russia (12 p.m. AT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexander Holtz

Assists: Elias Stenman
04:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Emil Andrae
Holding (2:00)
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Ljungman
Interference (2:00)
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Hugo Styf
Cross-Checking (2:00)
15:40
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Christoffer Sedoff
Holding (2:00)
01:49
GOAL
Goal: Erik Hedlund

07:22
GOAL
Goal: Roby Järventie

Assists: Oliver Suni, Kasper Puutio
14:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Theo Nordlund
Hooking (2:00)
15:54
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: William Hallén

Assists: Mateusz Szurowski, Samuel Eriksson
02:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Ruben Rafkin
Interference (2:00)
06:29
GOAL
Goal: Lucas Raymond

Assists: Alexander Holtz, Emil Andrae
10:42
GOAL
Goal: Zion Nybeck

14:58
GOAL
Goal: Daniel Ljungman

Assists: Helge Grans, Samuel Eriksson
18:25

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Joel Blomqvist FIN 60 31 25 6 0.806
Jesper Wallstedt SWE 60 48 47 1 0.979

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 10, 2018
4 - 3 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 10, 2018
5 - 2 W @ Canada RedCAN-R
Nov 9, 2018
4 - 6 L @ RussiaRUS
Nov 9, 2018
4 - 3 W @ Canada WhiteCAN-W
Nov 8, 2018
4 - 2 W @ Canada BlackCAN-B
Nov 8, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.