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CANADA CONCLUDES ROUND-ROBIN PLAY

Team Sweden fired a combined 27 shots on Malcolm Subban in the final two periods of Canada’s last round-robin game Tuesday afternoon at the World Under-18 Championship in Germany.

Sweden scored four straight times in the third period, including two goals 38 seconds apart to hand Team Canada a 4-2 defeat, their first loss of the tournament.

Nick Cousins and Ryan Murphy scored unassisted goals to give Canada a 2-0 lead 1:47 through the final period, but Team Sweden poured it on in the third and beat Subban three straight times before adding an empty-netter.  

It is the first game of the tournament that Colts center Mark Scheifele has been held off the score-sheet.  Eric Locke failed to pick up a point for the second consecutive game.  

Scheifele finishes the round-robin portion of their schedule with the second highest point total on Team Canada.  With five goals and one assist, the 6’3” pivot sits second in team scoring with six points, one back of Ryan Murphy.  Scheifele leads Canada with five goals and has the second highest goal-total in the tournament.  

Sweden and Canada finished with identical records but Team Sweden will get the bye and advance to the semi-finals after finishing with a better goal differential.  

Canada will now face Germany, who won one of their four round-robin affairs.

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