Sweden continued to roll at the Karjala Tournament, again using the man advantage to ride to victory, this time in a 2-0 win over Canada to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The story of this game was not so much about the Swedish power play prowess as it was about Canada’s inability to stay out of the penalty box for much of the game, which kept Tre Kronor in almost a constant man advantage state and never gave the Canadians a chance to build on any chances. In the first two periods Canada took seven penalties to Sweden’s three, including a charging major and game misconduct to Mason Raymond for bulldozing Swedish keeper Magnus Hellberg while he was playing the puck behind his net. Sweden took the 1-0 lead on a Pär Lindholm power play marker late in the second period, with Lindholm’s wire from the point fooling Ben Scrivens on a screen and giving Sweden the lead.
The tables turned in the third period, with Sweden taking five penalties to Canada’s one, and being outshot a stunning 18-3 on the frame, but Hellberg stood on his head to keep the shutout intact and Sweden in the lead. And on Canada’s lone penalty of the third, midway through the period, it was Lindholm again on the power play, this time finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play on a nifty feed from Oscar Möller behind the net, blasting a one-timer past Scrivens from the top of the slot to take the 2-0 lead, the score that would hold at the end of regulation.
With the victory, Sweden retains their 75th and current International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Canada in May in the World Championship final, and retained to open the Karjala Tournament against Czechia two nights ago. This marks the 63rd IHLC meeting between Sweden and Canada, and the first since the aforementioned Gold Medal Game in Cologne, and is Sweden’s 19th win all-time in that series. Sweden next faces their biggest challenge yet in rival Finland, with just a day to rest before facing off for the IHLC.
02:22 – PEN – Scrivens, delay of game
06:45 – PEN – Högström, tripping
10:51 – PEN – Raymond, tripping
15:23 – PEN – Klinkhammer, interference
16:48 – PEN – Ryno, hooking
26:57 – PEN – Raymond, charging major + game misconduct
33:25 – PEN – team, too many players
35:58 – PEN – Després, high sticking
36:02 – PP GOAL – Lindholm (Hersley, Dahlin)
39:38 – PEN – Hersley, holding
42:27 – PEN – Ryno, holding
45:44 – PEN – Pettersson, interference
48:14 – PEN – Pettersson, cross checking
48:29 – PEN – Lindholm, hooking
51:39 – PEN – Brulé, tripping
51:53 – PP GOAL – Lindholm (Möller, Lindström)
58:49 – PEN – team, delay of game
W: Hellberg (35-35)
L: Scrivens (19-21)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+10+3 = 21
9+8+18 = 35
Goaltenders: Jhonas Enroth, Magnus Hellberg. Defence: Simon Bertilsson, Rasmus Dahlin, Johan Fransson, Patrik Hersley, Marcus Högström, Staffan Kronwall (C), Magnus Nygren. Forwards: Rasmus Asplund, Dick Axelsson, Patrick Cehlin, Dennis Everberg, Anton Lander, Pär Lindholm, Joakim Lindström, Oscar Möller, Robert Nilsson, Linus Omark (A), André Petersson, Fredrik Pettersson, Johan Ryno.
Goaltenders: Justin Peters, Ben Scrivens. Defence: Jesse Blacker, Simon Després, Chay Genoway, Geoff Kinrade, Chris Lee, Maxim Noreau (C), Karl Stollery, Zach Whitecloud. Forwards: Gilbert Brulé (A), Andrew Ebbett, Matt Ellison, Quinton Howden, Rob Klinkhammer (A), Brandon Kozun, Eric O’Dell, Teddy Purcell, Mason Raymond, Christian Thomas, Linden Vey, Wojtek Wolski.