TECUMSEH, Ont. – Victor Öhman scored a hat trick and Adam Brodecki added two goals and an assist as Sweden earned its first win of the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, beating Quebec 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.
It’s the second time in a row the Swedes have knocked off Quebec at the U17 tournament – they beat the Canadian side 4-3 in a shootout at the 2010 tournament in Timmins, Ont.
Leon Bristedt and Jacob de la Rose had the other goals for Sweden (1-1), which scored four times in the first 15 minutes – including a pair of shorthanded goals on the same Quebec power play – to take control early and chase Quebec netminder Zachary Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Halifax, QMJHL).
Yan-Pavel Laplante (Ste-Martine, Que./P.E.I., QMJHL), Jérémy Grégoire (Sherbrooke, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) and Jonathan Drouin (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) scored for Quebec (2-1), which missed out on a chance to take sole possession of first place in Group A. Laplante and Grégoire each finished with a goal and an assist.
After playing three games in three days Quebec will enjoy an off day Sunday, returning to the ice Monday afternoon to wrap up the preliminary round against Ontario in Windsor (7 p.m. ET), while the Swedes will look for a second consecutive win when they face Sweden on Sunday afternoon in Tecumseh (2 p.m. ET).
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