In a game that literally became a ‘last shot wins’ scenario, Team Sweden moved on to the gold medal game after taking a 6-5 shootout victory from Canada in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Sweden forward Linus Lindstrom scored the shootout- and game-winner after Canada forward Brett Howden had tied the shootout with a goal of his own.
A game that was a relatively tight affair heading into the third period instead turned into a scoring parade through the final stanza. Sweden led by a 3-2 score at the start of the third, but Canada outscored Sweden by that same tally to bring about overtime and the shootout.
Sweden actually led in the third by 4-2 and 5-3 scores, the latter with 7:32 left in the third, but goals two minutes apart by Canada forwards Will Bitten and Jordan Kyrou sent the game to overtime.
Netting goals for Sweden in this contest were Tim Wahlgren, Oskar Steen, Tim Soderlund, Lias Andersson, and Elias Pettersson.
Wahlgren opened the scoring in the win over Canada. The goal was his sixth of the tournament, which tied him for the lead in that category for this U18 with one game to go. Wahlgren spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over Canada, with that conversation being included in this HF video.
Highlights from the Sweden-Canada semi-final game can be viewed below.
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