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Sweden defeats Canada in shootout to win Pool B

{eot} Staff
1/3/2011 8:04:21 PM
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The Swedish players said they were not intimidated by Team Canada and they played like it in a New Year's Eve classic at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY.

In a game that had five lead changes, Sweden defeated Team Canada 6-5 in a shootout to win Pool B and advance directly to Monday's semi-finals.

With the loss, Team Canada must play in Sunday's first quarter-final game at 3pm et/Noon pt against Switzerland or the United States.

The scoring started early in the first period and lasted to the last second of the opening frame.

In the first minute, Sean Couturier fired a centring pass into the crease and had it carom off a Swedish defenceman and behind Robin Lehner in the Swedish net, sending the raucous pro-Canadian crowd into a frenzy.

But less than two minutes later with Casey Cizikas in the penalty box, Max Friberg batted a puck behind Olivier Roy in the Canadian net to get Sweden back on even terms.

Later in the opening frame, Carl Klingberg came out from the corner and beat Roy high on the glove side to give Sweden their first lead of the game.

But the lead was shortlived as just 43 seconds later, Quinton Howden fired a wrist shot from out long distance that eluded Lehner's glove to tie the game back up at 2-2.

In the last second of the first period, the puck took a strange bounce off the end glass and landed in front of the Swedish net. Curtis Hamilton pounced on the opportunity to give Canada their second lead of the game at 3-2.

Despite the deflating end to the first period, Sweden came out firing in the second frame and regained the lead in the first three minutes of action. 

Early in the period, Klingberg jumped into a scramble in front of the Canadian net and flipped the puck over Roy for his second goal of the game to make the score 3-3.

Shortly after, Jesper Thornberg fired a long shot over the shoulder of Roy to give Sweden the lead for a second time at 4-3.

But Canada replied when Brayden Schenn made a cross-crease pass to Hamilton, who guided it into the net with his skate. After a quick review by the officials, the shorthanded goal (Hamilton's second of the game) counted and the game was tied again at 4-4.

After 40 minutes of play, Sweden was outshooting Canada by a count of 33-19 and threatened to score on a regular basis. But Canada regained their form in the third period and forced Sweden to take two early penalties.

Canada took the lead for a third time in the third period when Schenn poked home a loose puck on the power play to make the score 5-4.

Midway through the frame, Patrick Cehlin went wide on the Canadian defence and beat Roy with another weak goal over the shoulder to put Sweden back on level terms at 5-5 and set up the subsequent overtime period and shootout.

Team Canada came into the game shorthanded up front with Jaden Schwartz out with a broken ankle and Zack Kassian serving out his suspension while Swedish sniper Gabriel Landeskog missed the game with a high ankle sprain.

During the first intermission, Barry Epp of Cranbrook, B.C. won three all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans for himself and two friends in the $1 million Chevrolet Cruze Million Dollar Shootout.

Notes: According to the Duluth News Tribune, Team Canada defenceman Dylan Olsen has decided to turn pro, signing a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. He will leave his college team at Minnesota-Duluth and report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League after the tournament.

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