The Canadian squad wasted no time getting on the scoresheet as Akil Thomas potted the game’s first goal just 19 seconds into play. Defenseman Bowen Byram took the initial shot from the center-point and Thomas redirected the puck in for a 1-0 Canadian advantage. Byram and Justin Barron were credited with the assists on the score.
Benoit-Oliver Groulx doubled Canada’s lead at the 12:40 mark of the opening frame. After a scrum behind the Swedish cage, Aidan Dudas pushed the loose puck to an open area in front of the net. Groulx collected and fired a wrist-shot by a screened Jesper Eliasson to make it a 2-0 game.
Canada made it three-straight scores off a rebound tap-in from Gabriel Fortier at 10:05 of the second period. Eliasson made the first save off a shot from Thomas, but Fortier cleaned up the loose rebound and deposited a backhand into the net to make it a 3-0 contest. Thomas and Dudas each picked up their second point of the game with assists on the goal.
Sweden got on the board with a power-play tally with just under four minutes remaining in the middle stanza. As a 5-on-3 advantage turned into a 5-on-4, Philip Broberg took a pass from Lucas Raymond and sniped a wrister from the point to make the score 3-1. Alexander Holtz added an assist on the man-up score.
Canada used a 5-on-3 power play of its own to restore the three-goal lead. Byram fed Nolan Foote at the top of the point where he lined up a shot on net. After the first save was made, Connor McMichael found the rebound and put it home for his second goal of the tournament.
An empty-net tally from Carson Focht at the 17:15 mark extended Canada’s lead to 5-1 before a goal from Sweden’s David Gustafsson in the final minute of regulation accounted for the 5-2 final.