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CANADA FALLS TO SWEDEN IN FINAL U18 WORLDS TUNE-UP

JASON LA ROSE

WINNIPEG, Man. – David Quenneville (Edmonton, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) scored early in the third period to complete a comeback from a three-goal deficit, but a late goal left Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team on the short end of a 4-3 decision against Sweden on Tuesday night.

The game was the second of two for Canada ahead of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship; it earned a 7-1 win over the Czech Republic Sunday, and will next head south to Grand Forks, N.D., for the U18 worlds.

Mason Shaw (Wainwright, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) and Michael Rasmussen (South Surrey, B.C./Tri-City, WHL) had the other goals for the Canadians, while William Bitten (Ottawa, Ont./Flint, OHL) added two assists.

Canada started out slowly, falling behind early on a Timothy Liljegren power play goal just 2:38 in.

The Swedes doubled, and then tripled, their advantage in the second period; Axel Jonsson Fjällby beat Canadian netminder Stuart Skinner (Edmonton, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL) three minutes into the middle frame, and Marcus Davidsson made it 3-0 at 8:40.

Canadian head coach Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) called a time-out after the Davidsson goal and his team responded with two goals in the final six minutes of the period to get back into the game,

Shaw got Canada on the board at 14:17 on the power play, set up by Jakob Chychrun (Toronto, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and Pascal Laberge (Ste-Martine, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL), and Rasmussen pulled the Canadians within one just 1:26 later, sending the game to the intermission at 3-2.

Quenneville struck on another Canadian man advantage 1:44 into the third period, bringing Canada all the way back to even.

The Canadians dominated the third period, outshooting Sweden 16-7 in the final 20 minutes, but the Swedes got the winner late; Oskar Steen beat Skinner with only 1:36 to go.

Overall, Canada finished with a 40-29 advantage in shots on goal.

The Canadians open the U18 worlds against Denmark on Friday in Grand Forks (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

Game Information
Game # 2 Round Exhibition
Arena MTS Iceplex Location Winnipeg, Man.
Date Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Time 19:00 CT

 

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
CAN 0 2 1 3
SWE 1 2 1 4

 

Goals & Penalties
First Period
Goals :
02:38 SWE Timothy Liljegren (Marcus Davidsson, William Fällström) PPPenalties :
02:17 CAN Nicholas Hague (Hooking)
10:02 SWE Timothy Liljegren (Tripping)
19:44 CAN David Quenneville (Tripping)
Second Period
Goals :
02:58 SWE Axel Jonsson Fjällby (Marcus Davidsson, Tim Söderlund)
08:40 SWE Marcus Davidsson
14:17 CAN Mason Shaw (Jakob Chychrun, Pascal Laberge) PP
15:43 CAN Michael Rasmussen (William Bitten)Penalties :
04:13 SWE Tim Wahlgren (Interference)
05:13 CAN William Bitten (Slashing)
10:49 SWE Bench (Too Many Players)
13:53 SWE Tom Hedberg (Tripping)
15:51 SWE Erik Brännström (Tripping)
16:34 CAN Pascal Laberge (Hooking)
Third Period
Goals :
01:44 CAN David Quenneville (Dante Fabbro, William Bitten) PP
18:24 SWE Oskar Steen (Jesper Bratt)Penalties :
01:15 SWE Lias Andersson (Slashing)
01:37 SWE Jacob Cederholm (Delay of Game)
07:44 SWE Oskar Steen (Slashing)
08:12 CAN Antoine Morand (Hooking)
10:46 CAN Michael McLeod (Slashing)
17:44 SWE Tim Söderlund (Roughing)
17:44 CAN Beck Malenstyn (Roughing)

 

Goaltenders
CAN Stuart Skinner
SWE Filip Larsson

 

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
CAN 11 13 16 40
SWE 10 12 7 29
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