Sweden 5, Canada West 3
• Zeb Forsfjäll scored on the power play and added a shorthanded goal for Sweden.
• Aiden Fink (Calgary, Alta./Brooks, AJHL) had a goal and an assist for Canada West.
• Otto Stenberg had a goal and an assist for Sweden.
• Conyr Hellyr (Okotoks, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) and Matteo Giampa (Virgil, Ont./Bonnyville, AJHL) also scored for Canada West.
• Noah Erliden made 37 saves for the win.
Next games – Friday, December 16:
• United States vs. Latvia – 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
• Sweden vs. Canada East – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
“This was some more learning experience for us. We played a desperate, hungry team in Sweden tonight. We have to raise our desperation level going into the weekend. We were too complacent in some areas, not hard enough in a few battles. When you play good teams that are desperate and hungry, that trumps everything, as it should.”
• Canada West head coach Justin Falk (Snowflake, Man./Winkler, MJHL) on his takeaways from the loss.
“Coach [Falk] has said that our identity is playing hard; hard forechecking, moving our feet, getting on them early, finishing our checks when we can and making simple plays in the neutral zone. I have been trying to make sure I am doing that in my game. I feel like I have been having more consistent games and getting better throughout the tournament. I am so happy to be here, it is so cool to play for your country with all of the other guys here.”
• Sam Huck (Calgary, Alta./Okotoks, AJHL) on learning from the West coaching staff.
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