U-17 Championships Day 3 Recap
Sweden vs Quebec
Sweden dominated the first twenty minutes , with Anthony Brodecki scored from Tobias Liljedahl and Robert Hagg. Fabian Gunnarsson took a holding penalty putting Quebec in a position that they could potentially tie the game. Two giveaways on the ensuing advantage resulted in two breakaways and two goals by Leon Bristedt and Victor Ohman. Even though the shots were even at eleven for the period, Sweden was clearly the better team, using it’s size and skill to their advantage. Ohman scored his second on a one-timer to make it 4-0. Quebec’s Yan-Pavel Laplante scored a powerplay goal to cut the lead to 4-1. With Jeremy Gregoire and Anthony Duclair drawing assists. Quebec goalie Zachary Fucale was pulled after giving up four goals on 11 shots. Alexandre Belanger came on in relief.
Sweden continued their dominance in the second, with Ohman scoring his third of the game for a 5-1 lead. Adam Brodecki added a powerplay goal to open up a five goal lead against the fast-sinking Quebec team.
Gregoire and Drouin scored two consecutive goals to make it a 6-3 deficit, but Jacob De La Rose added another goal for Sweden, ending the game at 7-3.
Gregoire said that Sweden outplayed the Quebecers from the beginning of the game. Despite his three points, Gregoire said that the only thing that mattered was that they lost the game.
"I could have scored five, maybe six points," he said, "but at the end of the game we would still lose, they scored seven on us."
There was no motivation needed for Quebec to try and get back in the game. "We know that this game is huge for us," Gregoire said, "Motivation wise, that's all we should need to win a hockey game and it didn't happen today. We need to refocus for Ontario, we've played them in other tournaments, and we kept up with them, and if we play our game I think we can win."
Ohman was sensational on a line with Leon Bristedt and Andre Burkowsky. "We just played great today. The Ontario game was something to forget about. It feels great to stand out like we did today."
A top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft is Sweden's Anton Cederholm, a 6'2, 209 pound defenceman from Rogle BK. He explained the size advantage that Sweden had an how they used physicality to their advantage.
"We have some big boys on our team, and those are the guys that need to play like that; physical and hitting and making yourself known."
Sweden also needed some motivation to keep playing, as they were lackadasical at the end of the first and Sweden coach Anders Eriksen was not at all pleased, even with a 4-1 lead after one.
"Coach (Eriksen) wasn't happy, he demands perfection, and that's alright for a coach," commented Cederholm, "He was throwing chairs and stuff, so it got our attention and we picked it up from there on out."
Sweden relished the 7-3 win after the game, as Cederholm stated their plans to prepare for their next game against Germany. "We're going to grab a shower and go to our billet's house, have some food and celebrate a little bit for New Year's, and then we'll get to bed early and be prepared for tomorrow against the Germans."
Other scores from the tournament include:
Pacific 4 Russia 3
Atlantic 4 Germany 3
Czech Republic 5 West 2
STANDINGS AFTER DAY 3
TOP 10 SCORERS
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