THE CANADIAN PRESS / Ryan Remiorz
Team Canada’s participation in the men’s hockey tournament in Beijing 2022 has ended.
Lucas Wallmark scored halfway through the third period and Anton Lander added an empty goal when Sweden beat Canada 2-0 in a defensive settlement at the National Indoor Stadium. The quarter-final victory of Sweden takes them to the semifinals where they take on ROC.
Slovakia will host Finland in the second semifinal. The winners of the semifinals play in Saturday night’s gold medal game while the losers meet in Saturday morning’s bronze game.
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Canada could not generate much offensive against Sweden’s strong defensive game. The Canadians scored only 22 shots on Swedish net player Lars Johansson in the match and only five in the third period.
Canadian goalkeeper Matt Tomkins, who started his second game in as many days, was not tested much either, and made 24 stops in the loss.
The shots were 10-8 in Sweden’s advantage in a pointless opening frame. Canada had a power play opportunity near the middle of the period but could not get started much.
The game opened a bit around halfway through the second period. Sweden’s Mathias Bromé had the best chance, when he beat the puck under Tomkins. The Canadian goalkeeper quickly suffocated the puck to end the threat.
Late in the period, a Canadian point shot came through Johansson’s legs but the puck was cleared away by a defender before Daniel Winnik had time.
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Sweden opened the scoring at 10:15 of the third. After a turnover of Canada at the blue line, Wallmark went in and fired a wrist shot that deflected from a Canadian stick and over the glove on Tomkins.
Canada drew Tomkins with just over two minutes left. At 18:10, Lander scored in the empty net and made it a 2-0 final. The Canadians pulled their goalkeeper back in the final minute but could not create quality chances.
Canada reached the quarterfinals after a 7-2 victory over China in Tuesday’s qualifying match. The team went 2-1-0 in the preliminary round, with a 5-1 win over Germany and a 5-0 victory over China. Their one loss was a 4-2 loss to the United States.
The other quarter-finals saw Slovakia upset the United States 3-2 in a penalty shootout; Russian Olympic Committee defeats Denmark 3-1; and Finland defeated Switzerland 5-1.