WORLD JRS: Canada downs Sweden in chippy pre-tournament game
The Canadian World Junior Team were looking to rebound after dropping a 2-1 overtime loss to the Russians, and found their scoring touch in a 5-2 victory over Sweden in the second of three pre-tournament games on Sunday.
Max Domi opened the scoring for the Canadians 2:26 into the game while on the power play with Anthony Duclair and Joe Hicketts picking up the assists. Josh Morrissey would double the Canadian lead at the 8:23 mark with his second pre-tournament goal to make it a 2-0 game. This is how the score would remain after the first 20 minutes of play. Shots in the period were 17-5 for the Canadians.
The second period saw Sweden finally get on the board thanks to Gustav Forsling’s power play marker at the 7:06 mark to cut the Canadian lead to one. William Nylander and Adrian Kempe were credited with the assists. Canada would regain the two-goal lead thanks to Duclair rifling home a rebound with 9:46 remaining in the second period. With the score 3-1 after two periods, the Swedes would lead on shots 9-4.
Canada would continue its run at the Swedes in the third period, taking a three-goal lead after Shea Theodore fired home a goal of his own, ringing the puck off the center post inside the net 6:44 into the period. Sam Reinhart would follow it up with Canada’s fifth goal of the game just past the mid-way point of the third with Hicketts and Domi picking up assists. Sweden would get one back after Nylander was hauled down on a breakaway resulting in a penalty shot. Nylander would roof a back-hand shot to make it a 5-2 game, which is how it would remain at the end of regulation, giving Canada the clear victory. Shots in the third were 12-5 for the Canadians, giving them a 33-19 edge overall.
Eric Comrie got the start and made 17 saves for the victory while Samuel Ward made 28 saves for Sweden in defeat.
Special teams saw Canada go two-for-four with the man advantage while Sweden were successful only once in their five power plays.
Canada’s final pre-tournament game comes Tuesday night against Switzerland at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Qué. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. AST. The Q News will have a live blog and a full recap of the game on its site.