|Canada – 5||FINAL (SO)||Sweden – 6|
|WJHC 2011 Game 4|
|Canada were silver medal winners in 2010|
|Sweden were bronze medal winners in 2010|
|Date: Dec 31 @ 2:00 PM MST|
This game is huge. In the pre-competition game between these two teams, Canada did win by a score of 4-1. However it should be noted that Sweden spent a crazy amount of time in the box (some of the penalties were outrageous). They had 12 penalties to our 5, but still managed to outshoot us 30-25. Expect a tough and much closer game. Both of these teams are undefeated in the preliminary round. The winner of this game will earn a bye into the Semi-final round.
Jaden Schwartz (fractured ankle – likely done for the tournament) and Zack Kassian (suspended for previous game and this game) will be absent from this game. The Canadians had a line up that looked like Swiss cheese when they faced the Norwegians. With any hope, all but these two players will make their return. This should prove to be Canada’s toughest game of the tournament to this point, and they will need all the help they can get.
Prediction: not going to touch this one with a 10 foot pole! Don’t want to jinx us. But LET’S GO CANADA!
TEAM CANADA’S LINES (unconfirmed):
Howden Schenn Johansen
Foligno Couturier Leblanc
Hamilton Cizikas Ashton
Connolly Eakin Kassian
* – Edmonton Oilers Prospect
LIVE GAME CHAT
Very suspect goaltending for both sides. I would not be surprised if Visentin gets the nod for the next game. Neither goalie has been particularly formidable though. The teams swapped leads 4 times throughout the game until heading into overtime, and then the shootout. The first shooter for Sweden scored, as did Edmonton Oiler Anton Lander. No scorers for the Canadians in the shootout. The Swedes will get a bye in into the semi-finals, while the Canadians will face Switzerland on Sunday at 1PM (the team they face will be the one that is lower in standings). The winner will play the USA in the semi-final.