Canada shut out by Sweden in juniors tune-up
ANGELHOLM, Sweden — Marcus Hogberg stopped all 21 shots he faced as Sweden shut out Canada 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition warmup before the under-20 men’s world hockey championship.
Andre Burakowsky scored and added an assist for Sweden, while Lukas Bengtsson and Andreas Johnson had goals as well.
Jake Paterson made 31 saves in net for Canada.
Burakowsky opened the scoring for Sweden at the 2:37 mark of the second period.
A backhand pass by Jacob de la Rose from behind the goal confused Paterson, leaving a wide-open net for Burakowsky.
Canadian defenceman was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing forward Erik Karlsson. Karlsson did not return to the ice after the incident.
Johnson took advantage of Dumba’s penalty, making it 2-0 with a second left in the five-minute power play. The Swede scored from the slot, one-timing a pass from behind the goal-line by Alexander Wennberg.
Bengtsson also scored on the power play 2:35 into the third period.
The Canadians struggled in the first period, getting outshot 16-5 but the score was tied 0-0 at the first intermission.
Burakowsky had earned the ire of the Canadian delegation before the exhibition game when he asserted that the Swedish team would be stronger in the tournament.
“I know what kind of team Canada will be showing up with and if I take a look at what they have and compare them to what we have, I would have to say on paper, we have a much better team,” said Burakowsky.
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League made their final roster cuts on Sunday ahead of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Forwards Felix Girard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, and defenceman Damon Severson of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets have all been released.
Canada’s roster is now at 22 players for the international tournament, including two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards.
Canada has played two if its three pre-tournament games, falling to Sweden 3-0 earlier Sunday in Angelholm, Sweden, after defeating Finland 4-2 on Dec. 20. Its final exhibition contest will take place on Dec. 23 against Switzerland.
The World Junior Championship tournament starts Dec. 26, with Canada facing Germany.
Canada’s goaltenders are Jake Paterson of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit and Zachary Fucale of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
The defenceman are Adam Pelech, Chris Bigras, Aaron Ekblad, Josh Morrissey, Griffin Reinhart, Derrick Pouliot, and Mathew Dumba.
Canada’s forwards are Charles Hudon, Bo Horvat, Taylor Leier, Kerby Rychel, Connor McDavid, Nic Petan, Scott Laughton, Frederik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Josh Anderson, Curtis Lazar, Jonathan Drouin and Anthony Mantha.