2016-17 National Junior Team

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #28
SF
Final
January 4, 2017 7:30 pm EST
Bell Centre
Montreal, Que.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
0
0
2
2
1
2
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
16
11
4
31
12
17
14
43

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
12
0 / 6
8

Game Story

CANADA TOPS SWEDEN, WILL PLAY FOR WORLD JUNIORS GOLD

DAVID BRIEN

MONTREAL, Que. – Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL) scored twice, while captain Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL) and Anthony Cirelli (Woodbridge, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) added a goal and an assist each to allow Canada’s National Junior Team to top Sweden 5-2 on Wednesday and clinch a spot in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game.

Canada will hit Montreal’s Bell Centre ice Thursday to play the United States in the final (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). The Americans topped the team 3-1 on New Year’s Eve and are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Russia in the other semifinal.

It was Connor Ingram (Imperial, Sask./Kamloops, WHL) who drew the start in Canada’s net, but he was quickly pulled in favour of Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL) after surrendering two goals on Sweden’s first three shots.

The move proved to pay off for head coach Dominique Ducharme and company, Hart making 28 saves for a shutout effort in his 51:55 of ice time.

Joel Eriksson Ek netted the game’s first goal at 6:05 of the first period after firing a shorthanded wrist shot from the top of the circle, but Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) tied the game back up just 1:38 later after jumping on a loose puck.

The tie game wouldn’t last, Sweden getting its lead back just 11 seconds later when Carl Grundstrom fanned on a shot that accidentally slid through the five-hole to end Ingram’s night.

Cirelli would tie the game at 2-2 with 1:11 left before the first break thanks to a perfectly placed wrist shot that beat Sweden’s Felix Sandstrom over the shoulder.

The red-and-white scored the only goal of the second period to take its first lead of the game after a rebound that sat in Sandstrom’s crease was poke-checked in by Gauthier.

While playing at four-on-four, Canada took a 4-2 lead 7:38 into the final frame after Strome fired a wrist shot through a Matt Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL) screen. The team wrapped up its scoring with just under two minutes left in the game when Gauthier added an empty netter to register his second consecutive two-goal outing.

Canada outshot Sweden 43-31 in the game to give the Scandinavians their first loss of the World Juniors, sending them to tomorrow’s bronze medal showdown against Russia (3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m PT).

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sebastian Ohlsson
Tripping (2:00)
04:51
GOAL
Goal: Joel Eriksson Ek

Assists: Tim Soderlund
06:05
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Stephens

Assists: Anthony Cirelli
07:43
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Carter Hart

08:05
GOAL
Goal: Carl Grundstrom

Assists: Alexander Nylander
08:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Pierre-Luc Dubois
Interference (2:00)
09:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Dillon Dubé
Kneeing (2:00)
17:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
Cross-Checking (2:00)
18:40
GOAL
Goal: Anthony Cirelli

Assists: Kale Clague, Thomas Chabot
18:49
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
00:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyson Jost
Hooking (2:00)
06:23
GOAL
Goal: Julien Gauthier

Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois
12:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Carlsson
Hooking (2:00)
14:00
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Lias Andersson
High-Sticking (2:00)
02:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Thomas Chabot
Tripping (2:00)
06:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Oliver Kylington
Holding (2:00)
07:32
GOAL
Goal: Dylan Strome

Assists: Noah Juulsen, Jake Bean
07:38
GOAL
Goal: Julien Gauthier

Assists: Dylan Strome, Tyson Jost
18:02
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Felix Sandstrom

18:03
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Felix Sandstrom

18:48

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Felix Sandstrom SWE 59 42 38 4 0.905
Carter Hart CAN 51 26 26 0 1.000
Connor Ingram CAN 8 5 3 2 0.600

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
GA 0 - SV - 26 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2017
4 - 5 L v United StatesUSA
Jan 5, 2017
2 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 4, 2017
5 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 4, 2017
8 - 3 W @ SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2017
5 - 3 W @ Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 2, 2017
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2017 4NC: CAN 4 – FIN 0 (Preliminary)
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2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – BUF 3 (Exhibition)
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