A 2-0 loss for Canada White on Thursday finished an unfortunate hat-trick for the country, as a loss to Sweden meant no Canadian team would move on to the semi-finals on Friday.
The game only featured two goals, a much different situation than in the other two games that Canada lost in on Thursday. A large reason why had to do with Filip Gustavsson, the Luleå prospect who has been incredible all tournament long. Eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the 16-year-old made 35 saves for the shutout on the night, his second in four games.
The first goal of the game would be scored by Linus Lindström, who had a slow start to the tournament. Canada White appeared to have most of the pressure in the minutes prior, but it would be Lindström who would rip the puck home to make it 1-0 Sweden. It didn’t take long for the Swedes to double up their lead, Lias Andersson scored a minute later to score the second and final goal of the game.
With the victory, Sweden will now face their Scandinavian rivals from Finland in the semi-finals. For Canada, the result proved to be an utter disappointment, as they became the third and final Canadian team on Thursday night to fail to contend for a medal.
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