It may not be what Team Ontario had wanted, but they most certainly earned the bronze medal this afternoon.
Following a disheartening 4-3 semi-final overtime loss to Russia last night, Team Ontario was looking for some sort of redemption, and they certainly did it in winning fashion. Ontario won the bronze medal game 5-2 at the WFCU Centre this afternoon in Windsor in front of their home crowd.
In the first period, we saw Sweden take a total of 4 penalties, including a 5-on-3. Ontario, however, could not capitalize on their opponent’s penalty problem, and so the scoreboard remained 0-0 after 20 minutes.
Sweden jumped on the board first with 11:17 remaining in the second period. A goal by Leon Bristedt, with assists from Victor Öhman and André Burakowsky gave Sweden the lead. Team Ontario fired back nearly 4 minutes later with a goal from number 11, Bo Horvat. Less than 2 minutes later, Sweden quickly retaliated with a goal of their own. Again, the line of Bristedt, Öhman and Burakowsky scored and put Sweden on top 2-1 after two periods.
At the beginning of the third, it was all Team Ontario. After a Sweden slashing penalty towards the end of the second period, Ontario was quick to pounce on the opportunity in the third. Jordan Subban scored on the powerplay just 20 seconds into the period. Soon after, Ontario strikes again as Nick Baptiste scored a shorthanded goal to give his team their first lead. Team Ontario was not done yet. They kept the pressure on in the Sweden zone and drew a penalty. Max Domi scored his first of 2 on the powerplay with 12:21 remaining in the third to give his team a solid 4-2 lead. 2 minutes later, and 19 seconds after Hunter Garlent of Team Ontario went to the penalty box, Max Domi scored his second of the afternoon, this time shorthanded. That would do it for the rest of the game as Team Ontario 4 third period goals to defeat the Sweden team 5-2.
Team Ontario won the bronze medal with the victory, and Max Domi received the team’s player of the game for his efforts.
Congratulations Team Ontario!