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World Juniors: Canada Gets Blitzed By Sweden

Team Canada eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships.

Sweden cruises past Canada, cashing in ticket to meet USA in the semi-finals
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After finishing the preliminary round in second place in Group A, only behind Finland, the Canadians fell victim to a quick exit as they would be smashed by Sweden by a final score of 7-3. For the Swedes, it would be Jacob Olofsson who would have a night for himself, notching two goals in the victory.

Top prospect for the upcoming draft, Timothy Liljegren would finish the game with one assist in the game.

Sweden would set the tempo, as they would get a late first period goal in the dying second of the opening frame, as Fabian Zetterlund would wire a shot past Canada goaltender Ian Scott, give Sweden the late 1-0 lead by the end of the first period.

However, the Canadians would start off the second period by getting a goal of their own to equalize the game, as Matthew Strome would find the back of the net.

Following the goal from Strome, Sweden would score a pair of goals in a span of 3 minutes. The two goals would come from Oskar Back, and Jacob Olofsson. Shortly after, Canada would try to battle back with a goal coming from Mackenzie Entwistle.

It would be Sweden who would get the last laugh of the second period, as the Swedes would take full advantage of the man advantage, with Hugg finding the back of the net to give Sweden the 4-2 lead heading into the final frame.

In the third period, Sweden would not slow down as they start off with two quick goals coming from Olofsson, and Brannstrom to give Sweden the 6-2 cushion. With the game basically being in hand for the Swedes, the Canadians would try to battle back as Maxime Comtois would get the unassisted tally to cut into the Swedes lead.

Sweden would close out the game with Isac Lundestrom guiding the puck into the empty Canadian net.

With the victory, Sweden will prepare themselves for a battle with the Americans on Saturday, April 22nd. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30pm (19:30 GMT+2).