2014-15 National Men's Under-18 Team

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2015 IIHF U18 World Championship
Game #23
Final
April 23, 2015 10:00 am AST
Bossard Arena
Zug, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
1
3
3
1
1
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
13
13
12
38
17
10
7
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
12
1 / 6
8

Game Story

STEPHENS’ THREE POINTS LEAD CANADA TO SEMIS AT U18 WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

ZUG, Switzerland – Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL) led the way with two goals and an assist, helping Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with a 5-3 quarter-final win over Sweden on Thursday.

The Canadians will face the United States in a Saturday semifinal in Zug (time to be determined).

Jansen Harkins (North Vancouver, B.C./Prince George, WHL), Deven Sideroff (Summerland, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) and Graham Knott (Holland Landing, Ont./Niagara, OHL) had the other goals for Canada, which is among the final four teams at the world championship for the fifth year in a row.

Knott finished with a goal and two assists, Harkins had a goal and a helper, and Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL) chipped in with two assists to tie U.S. forward Auston Matthews for the tournament scoring lead with 12 points.

Harkins got the scoring started just 5:11 in, taking a pass from Ethan Bear (Ochapowace, Sask./Seattle, WHL) and wiring a wrist shot to the short-side on Swedish goaltender Felix Sandstrom, and Stephens’ first made it 2-0 just 56 seconds later.

The Swedes got one back when Lucas Carlsson blasted a point shot past Canadian netminder Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) on the power play at 7:11, but Sideroff restored the two-goal lead in the last minute of the period, scoring from in close to make it 3-1 after 20 minutes.

Sweden again cut the lead to one early in the second period when Joel Eriksson took advantage of a turnover in the Canadian zone to score shorthanded.

Stephens answered late in the middle frame, taking a pass from Knott, spinning in the slot and roofing a shot over the blocker of Sandstrom to put Canada back up by two heading to the third period.

Canada missed a glorious opportunity to put the Swedes away when it failed to score on 1:34 two-man advantage, before Sweden got back within one with 4:26 left on the luckiest of bounces.

With Sawchenko on the bench on a delayed Swedish penalty, Knott’s pass back to the point hopped over Bear’s stick and slid the length of the ice into the empty net, gifting the Swedes the 4-3 goal.

But Knott got it right back on the ensuing power play, redirecting a feed from Stephens past Sandstrom just 22 seconds after his own goal, and rounding out the scoring.

The Swedes held a slight advantage in shots on goal, 38-34.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Jansen Harkins

Assists: Ethan Bear
05:11
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Stephens

Assists: Graham Knott, Mathew Barzal
06:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Deven Sideroff
Slashing minor (2:00)
06:31
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Lucas Carlsson

Assists: Sebastian Ohlsson, Linus Olund
07:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Rasmus Asplund
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
16:56
GOAL
Goal: Deven Sideroff

Assists: Jansen Harkins, Nicolas Roy
19:26
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Rasmus Asplund
(auto) Boarding minor (2:00)
01:25
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Joel Eriksson

Assists: Carl Grundstrom
02:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Deven Sideroff
Tripping minor (2:00)
06:23
GOAL
Goal: Mitchell Stephens

Assists: Graham Knott, Mathew Barzal
17:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Oliver Kylington
(auto) Delay of Game minor (2:00)
19:44
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
06:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Lucas Carlsson
(auto) Holding the Stick minor (2:00)
07:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Benson
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
12:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Carl Grundstrom
Roughing minor (2:00)
15:34
GOAL
Goal: Carl Grundstrom

15:34
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Graham Knott

Assists: Mitchell Stephens, Jérémy Roy
15:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Deven Sideroff
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
17:08

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Felix Sandstrom SWE 60 34 29 5 0.853
Zachary Sawchenko CAN 60 38 35 3 0.921

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

3 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Apr 23, 2015
5 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 26, 2015
4 - 7 L vs. RussiaRUS
Apr 21, 2015
2 - 7 L vs. United StatesUSA
Apr 25, 2015
4 - 6 L @ United StatesUSA
Apr 19, 2015
5 - 3 W vs. SwedenSWE
Apr 23, 2015
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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