Canada U18 loses a close one to Sweden


The game between Canada and Sweden was much more difficult than the duel the Canadians had yesterday. After once again opened the scoring early in the game, Dale Hunter’s team could not keep his lead and fell by a score of 4-3 in regulation.


The Swedes take control in the first

For the second time in as many games, the Canada cashes in during the first five minutes. Jared McCann scored his first goal of the tournament with the help of Brendan Lemieux at 3:14, but a little over three minutes later, at 6:17, Robin Kovacs scored assisted by Daniel Muzito Bagenda.

Still shaken, Canadians allowed another goal 110 seconds later when Dmytro Timashov helped Kevin Elgestal to score a goal to give a 2-1 lead to Sweden after a period. The shots were then 11-7 for Canada.


Canada allows another one in the second period

After seeing the Canada strike quickly in the first, Sweden did even better in the second period as they manage to get a puck behind Julio Billia at 1:01 as Elgestal Kevin scored his second of the game, this one unassisted.

It is the only goal that has occurred in the second period, although there were seven minor penalties, including four to Sweden. The shots for the period were  14-12, still in favor of Canada.


A crazy third period

The final frame was very busy in the penalty box, as nine penalties were given, including one major to Canadian player  Spencer Watson for kneeing at 18:47.

For the goals, Sam Bennett brought Canada to a single goal deficit at 3:54 of the third with a goal on a powerplay assisted by Spencer Watson. Then, William Nylander Altelius, the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, managed to score on the powerplay to restore a two-goal lead for his country with the help of Anton Karlsson at 6:09.

Then, 42 seconds later, Swedish goalkeeper Jesper Eriksson left the game, probably because of an injury. His compatriot Linus Soderstrom replaced him, and he quickly allowed a goal as Spencer Watson gave hope to his country 70 seconds later with another powerplay goal.

However, he shut the door for the remaining of the game to help Sweden to win 4-3. The shots were 11-5 in the final period, for a total of 36-24 in favor of the team in red and white.


Other notes

– Both Sherbrooke Phoenix players, Carl Neill and Daniel Audette, were blanked. Their differential is unknown, and they did not take any penalty minutes.

– Canada scored on two of its nine chances with the man advantage, while they killed seven of their eight penalties.

– The next game is Wednesday against Switzerland to 9:30 pm EST. The starting goalkeeper is still unknown.