Dec 31, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Gustav Forsling and Alexander Nylander scored a goal and had an assist each – as Sweden beat Canada 5-2 in the last game of the preliminary round – at the world junior hockey championship.
Regardless of Thursday’s result, Canada was guaranteed third place in Group A quarter-final play Saturday.
The Canadians will play host Finland at Hartwell Arena – while Sweden will face Slovakia in the quarter-finals.
Mitchell Stephens and Mitch Marner scored for Canada : which had a regulation win, overtime win and two losses in the preliminary round. Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves in front of a raucous crowd at Helsinki Ice Hall.
Three of Sweden’s goals came on the power play – with Canada struggling to stay out of the penalty box throughout the game – getting slapped with 10 minor penalties in total.