ÄNGELHOLM, Sweden – Marcus Hogberg stopped all 21 shots he faced as
Sweden shut out Canada 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition warm-up before the
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Andre Burakowsky scored and added an assist for Sweden, while Lukas Bengtsson and Andreas Johnson had goals as well.
Jake Paterson (Mississauga, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) 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 Mathew Dumba (Calgary, Alta./Minnesota, NHL) 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
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.
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