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Sweden defeats Russia to win U17 world hockey challenge

The Canadian Press

1/4/2013 11:48:03 PM

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. -- Anton Karlsson and Gustaf Franzen each scored twice as Sweden overcame Russia 7-5 to win its first under-17 world hockey challenge title Friday.

Karlsson broke a 4-4 tie on the power play nearly 10 minutes into the third period, before Gustaf Franzen put Sweden ahead 6-4 with another power-play goal less than two minutes later.

Eduard Nasybullin gave Russia some late life by scoring at 18:05 with the man advantage, but Karlsson added his second into an empty net in the dying seconds to win gold for Sweden.

Robin Kovacs, Adrian Kempe and August Gunnarsson also scored for Sweden, which went undefeated at the tournament. Franzen also had two assists, and goaltender Jesper Eriksson stopped 24 shots.

Nikita Yazkov, Ivan Nikolishin, Alexander Mikulovich and Yevgeni Svechnikov scored for Russia, while Maxim Sidorov made 22 saves.

Earlier at Drummondville, Que., a loss by Quebec meant no Canadian team would win a medal for the first time in the 28-year history of the tournament.

Austin Poganski scored a hat trick as the United States beat Quebec 4-3 in the bronze-medal match.

Ryan MacInnis's goal at 10:37 proved to be the difference, giving the Americans a 4-2 lead and their seventh consecutive medal at the tournament. Goaltender Chris Birdsall stopped 26 shots.

Nick Marois, Carl Neill and Francis Perron replied for Quebec, while Alex Bureau made 23 saves.