Canada drops U-18 semi­fi­nal shootout to Swe­den

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - HOCKEY -

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Li­nus Lind­strom scored the shootout win­ner as Swe­den held off Canada 6-5 Satur­day in the semi­fi­nals of the world un­der-18 hockey cham­pi­onship.

Swe­den will face Fin­land in to­day’s fi­nal af­ter it downed the United States 4-2 in the other semi. The Amer­i­cans were the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and had won the tour­na­ment in seven of the last eight years.

Tim Wahlgren, Oskar Steen, Tim Soder­lund, Lias An­der­s­son and Elias Pettersson sup­plied the of­fence in reg­u­la­tion for Swe­den, which gave up a two-goal lead in the third pe­riod.

Wil­liam Bit­ten and Jor­dan Ky­rou scored in the third as the Cana­di­ans tied the game 5-5. Jakob Chy­chrun, David Quen­neville and Pas­cal Laberge also chipped in.

Filip Gus­tavs­son made 54 saves for the win in net as Evan Fitzpa­trick turned aside 29- of-34 shots in de­feat.

The Swedes were score­less on two power plays while Canada went 1 for 3.

Steen gave Swe­den a 2-1 lead 1:17 into the sec­ond on a wrist shot from the top of the left cir­cle that caught a piece of Fitzpa­trick, but sneaked into the back of the net.

Quen­neville evened the game at 2-2 later in the sec­ond af­ter his wrist shot hit the post and ric­o­cheted off the back of Gus­tavs­son and into the net.

Just over a minute later, Swe­den cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity off the forecheck and Soder­lund was able to pick up a loose puck and fire it past Fitzpa­trick to re­tain the Swedes’ one-goal ad­van­tage.

An­der­s­son gave Swe­den a two-goal lead at 7:50 of the third pe­riod when he sniped a wrist shot over the glove of Fitzpa­trick. Chy­chrun made the game 4-3 af­ter beat­ing Gus­tavs­son at the side of the net.

Swe­den made it 5-3 af­ter a scram­ble in front and a lengthy goal re­view. Just 17 sec­onds later, though, Bit­ten flicked a back­hand shot over the glove of Gus­tavs­son and into the top cor­ner of the net.

Canada’s Ky­rou tied the game at 5-5 af­ter scor­ing off a no-look, back­hand pass from Boris Katchouk, who was be­hind the net.

NOTES: Tyson Jost’s as­sist helped him pass Con­nor McDavid for the most points by a Cana­dian at the un­der 18’s. He now has 15 points at the tour­na­ment.

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