Canada red to have opportunity to wrap up first in group B after victory over Sweden

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Canada red’s record at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge now sits at 2-0 following a convincing 4-1 win over Sweden. They’ll now have an opportunity to finish the preliminary round with a 3-0 record and a first place finish if they can beat Russia tomorrow evening.

Canada came out strong in the game and were rewarded for their efforts. Antoine Morand opened the scoring just before the seven minute mark, and by the time the first came to a close, red had a 3-0 lead.

Sweden did their best to bounce back from a lacklustre start and put together a solid second, but a defensive miscue as time was about to expire made that all for not as Canada went up 4-0.

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The Swedes were able to find the back of the net off of a Canadian turnover at the 7:33 mark of the third.

After the game Antoine Morand said naturally after scoring two of his team’s four goals that it’s his teammates that deserve the credit for making things happen.

“I think all of the players played very well tonight. It helps everybody when everybody plays good. I feel great on the ice. My teammates were outstanding tonight. They made two great plays on my goals so it just helped me to perform,” he said.

Head coach Kris Knoblauch said everybody contributed in the victory, and it was an added bonus that the power play got on track.

“We’ve got to use all four lines and I think in this tournament that’s very important when you’re playing three games in three nights. I think we had contributions from everybody. I thought our top line was really good with Morand. Something that hasn’t worked for us overall was our power play. Getting two power play goals makes playing the game a lot easier,” he said.

Scoring for Canada red were Antoine Morand (2), Josh Brook, and Joel Teasdale.

Canada can wrap up group B tomorrow night against Russia with a victory. The opening faceoff at the North Peace Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

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