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U18 Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Sweden

Wednesday, May 5 | 4 p.m. CT | Frisco, Texas | Semifinal

Jamie Umbach
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May 5, 2021
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GAME NOTES: Canada vs. Sweden (May 5)

TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

With sights firmly set on the gold medal game, Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team squares off with Sweden in the semifinals at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship on Wednesday afternoon, the second meeting in nine days between the rivals and third time in six years they clash in the final four.

LAST GAME

Connor Bedard proved too much for the Czech Republic to handle in the quarterfinals on Monday, tallying two goals and three assists in a 10-3 win to send Canada through to the semis. Bedard posted a goal and two helpers in the first period as the Canadians jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the opening seven minutes.

Dylan Guenther added a pair of goals and Shane Wright added his team-leading sixth in just three games for Canada, which got 29 saves from Benjamin Gaudreau.

Sweden sent the United States home without a medal for the first time in 18 years at the tournament with a pair of goals from Fabian Lysell and 31 saves from goalie Carl Lindbom in a 5-2 quarterfinal win.

The Americans tied the game at 1-1 in the second period before Lysell took over, restoring the Swedish advantage with an absolute beauty just 43 seconds later before adding the eventual game-winner just 1:26 into the third period.

LAST MEETING

In a much-anticipated battle between the defending gold medallists and a star-studded Canadian roster, it was Brandt Clarke recording two goals and two assists and Shane Wright posting a hat trick as part of Canada’s lopsided 12-1 victory last Tuesday.

Canada put four goals past Sweden in each period, with a Simon Forsmark consolation marker midway through the final frame spoiling the Thomas Milic shutout bid and breaking up a run of 10 unanswered goals for the boys in red and white. In all, nine Canadians scored goals and 16 recorded points.

WHAT TO WATCH

Make no mistake — Canada will be facing a much-different Sweden side in the semifinals than the one it encountered early in the group stage.

The Swedes arrived in Texas as defending gold medallists, but a long layoff from competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a date with Canada in their second of back-to-back games to open the tournament made for an early wake-up call.

Lindbom now holds a 2.48 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in four games despite giving up four goals on 14 shots in the opening period against Canada, while the offence has pitched in with 15 goals in the three games since its double-digit dismantling.

An upset win over the host Americans and playing their best hockey of the tournament when they need it most only inflates the Swedes’ desire for revenge in the semis against the undefeated Canadians.

A LOOK BACK

Last week’s lopsided result inflated the goal differential in favour of Canada, but the margin in the head-to-head history is a narrow 10-8 lead for the Canadians.

You only have to go as far back as 2019, the most recent edition of the tournament, to find the last meeting in the semifinals, when a late Albin Grewe goal sent the Swedes to the gold medal game and an eventual world title. This will be the fourth final-four face-off between the teams – Canada earned a 3-2 win en route to gold in 2008 and Sweden posted a 6-5 shootout decision in 2016 before the 2019 nailbiter mentioned above.

All-time record: Canada leads 10-8 (1-1 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 73
Sweden goals: 51

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
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Videos
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2021 U18WC: CAN 5 – RUS 3 (Gold Medal)
Wright scored twice to lead Canada to its fourth U18 gold medal.
2021 U18WC: CAN 8 – SWE 1 (Semifinal)
Bedard finished with 2G 3A to send Canada into the semifinals.
2021 U18WC: CAN 10 – CZE 3 (Quarterfinal)
Bedard finished with 2G 3A to send Canada into the semifinals.
2021 U18WC: CAN 5 – BLR 2 (Preliminary)
Wright and McTavish scored 2G each to help Canada finish perfect.
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