Sweden vs Canada Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Video Highlights, Social Media
|FINAL | 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase | Friday, August 2, 2019
USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, MI
Forward lines and defense pairings – Canada:
[one_half]Lavoie – Focht – Thomas
[one_half_last]Byram – Barron
Forward lines and defense pairings – Sweden:
[one_half]Pasic – Gustafsson – Berggren
[one_half_last]Bjornfot – Broberg
Nils Lundkvist, Samuel Fagemo, Olof Lindbom
After teams from Canada and Sweden suffered big losses on Wednesday afternoon, they both took the ice in Plymouth on Friday looking for retribution.
Canada got the game started right away with a deflected goal by Akil Thomas just 13 seconds after the opening faceoff. The first ten minutes flew by with hardly any whistles as both teams kept up a quick, aggressive pace and played very clean hockey.
Benoit-Olivier Groulx doubled the Canadian score after Gabriel Fortier forced a turnover below the net, pushing the puck over to Aidan Dudas who fed it back to Groulx in the slot. The teams then began exchanging penalties, and Canada became a bit undisciplined throughout the remainder of the game. Two of the team’s six infractions were four-minute high sticking penalties, including one that allowed a full two-minute five-on-three power play for Sweden.
Fortier got on the scoreboard in the middle frame on a play that looked essentially like a repeat of the goal he assisted on earlier in the game. Sweden had trouble finding the back yet again, as they have all week, but Philip Broberg teamed up with Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz to manage a power-play goal and bring his team within two.
But Canada didn’t take their foot off the gas, and continued to put pucks past Jesper Eliasson. First Connor McMichael deflected a shot by Nolan Foote, and then Carson Focht potted an empty-netter to seemingly end the game.
But David Gustafsson wasn’t ready to pack it in. He had come close on a number of shots throughout the game, and finally found his way into the back of Canada’s net with less than a minute remaining on the clock. Sweden ultimately fell to Canada 5-2.
▲ Akil Thomas, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Bowen Byram, Lucas Raymond, Philip Broberg
|1 for 3||Power Play||1 for 5|
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