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Canada trails Sweden in the semi-finals of the U18 Hockey World Cup and will compete with the US for gold

ESPOO, Finland – Ryder Ritchie and Taj Iginla each had a goal and an assist as Canada trailed Sweden 5-4 in the semifinals of the men’s under-18 world hockey tournament on Saturday.

Canada will take on the United States on the final Sunday. The Americans advanced earlier Saturday with a 7-2 victory in the semifinals over Slovakia.

Liam Greentree, Gavin McKenna and Henry Mews had the other goals for Canada. Goalkeeper George Carter made 25 saves as Sweden defeated the Canadians 29-23 in the match.

Canada opened the preliminary round with a 6-3 victory over Sweden. And the Canadians wasted no time taking control on Saturday, taking a 4-0 lead after the opening period.

Greentree, McKenna, Iginla and Ritchie had the first period goals for Canada.

Canada took a 5–2 lead in the third inning, but were defeated 2–0 in the period. However, the Canadians successfully undercut a power play by Sweden with 4:47 remaining in regulation time and clinging to the one-goal advantage.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2024.