Canada scored three unanswered goals in the first half, including one on the power play, and defeated Sweden 4-3 on Monday in the final exhibition lineup before the start of the rescheduled 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
Nathan Gaucher, Mason McTavish, Kent Johnson and Joshua Roy scored for the Canadians, who led 3-1 after 40 minutes but had to fend off a spirited comeback from Sweden in the third period.
Theodor Niederbach, Jonathan Lekkerimaki and William Wallinder scored for Sweden, who lost 2-1 in extra time to Finland in a show tilt on 4 August. This was Canada’s only pre-tournament test.
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Canada beat Sweden 30-26 to go 1-4 with a man advantage. Sweden went 0:5 on the power play.
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Dyland Garand started at the net for Canada and stopped all 15 shots he faced. He was replaced at 9:21 of the second period by Sebastian Cossa, who stopped eight of eleven shots.
Canada open their tournament on Wednesday with a game against Latvia, while Sweden open their tournament against Switzerland also on Wednesday.
The first attempt at the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament was canceled in December due to the spread of COVID-19. At this restart at Rogers Place, 10 U20 teams will fight for the coveted medals.
The World Juniors, who play all games at Rogers Place, will start with three games on Tuesday. Slovakia will play the Czech Republic in their opening game, followed by Finland against Latvia and Germany against the United States.
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