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Sweden defeats Pacific to advance to semifinals at U17

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The Canadian Press
12/31/2012 11:04:49 PM
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Anton Karlsson and Oskar Lindblom each scored twice as Sweden defeated Pacific 6-3 on Monday to become the first team to clinch a semifinal berth at the under-17 world hockey challenge.

Henrik Tornqvist and Gustav Franzen scored the other goals for Sweden (3-0), which has won three games in as many days and outscored its opposition 17-6.

The Swedes are into the final four for the third time in as many tries since returning to the tournament in 2010 after a 13-year absence. They won the bronze medal in 2010 and settled for fourth place last year after skipping the 2011 tournament.

Elsewhere at the tournament it was: Atlantic 4, Slovakia 1; Finland 6, West 4; and United States 5, Quebec 1.

At Drummondville, Que., Brycen Martin, Ryan Gagnon and Jake Virtanen had the goals for Pacific (1-1), which couldn't build on the momentum of its 8-7 overtime win over Russia to kick off the tournament Saturday.

With the score 2-2, Franzen scored in the final minute of the second period and Karlsson and Lindblom had power-play goals 30 seconds apart in the third to put the game out of reach.

Jesper Eriksson made 28 saves for Sweden, while at the other end Payton Lee stopped 20 shots.

Atlantic 4, Slovakia 1

At Victoriaville, Que., Kameron Kielly scored twice to help Atlantic (1-2) beat Slovakia (0-2) for its first win of the tournament.

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Finland 6, West 4

At Drummondville, Finland (2-0) scored three unanswered goals in the third period to dump West (0-3).

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United States 5, Quebec 1

At Victoriaville, the U.S. (3-0) outshot Quebec (1-1) 47-18 to beat the host team.

Hockey (Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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