Canadian U-18's win opener

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Canada successfully opened defence of its title at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Monday.

Daniel Catenacci of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds scored twice as Canada rolled to a 6-3 come-from-behind win over Sweden in Piestany, Slovakia.

The Canadians fell behind 3-1 early in the second period then stormed back with three of their own to take a 4-3 advantage into the second intermission. Canada scored two more in the third to wrap it up.

"We had a good start, we scored the first goal early but I think we ran into some lessons-to-be-learned," said Canadian coach George Burnett. "We took seven stick penalties so we've got to tidy that up.

"Most of them were from being on the wrong side of the puck or trying to use your stick to check which doesn't work well in events like this, so they got some power-play goals. But we made some adjustments in the second period - and we got some good transition turnovers from some back pressure which was essential against a team that plays with the puck possession that these guys do and we turned some of those into goals." Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels, Lucas Lessio of the Oshawa Generals, Brett Ritchie of the Sarnia Sting and Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes had the other goals for Canada.

Belleville Bulls goaltender Tyson Teichmann stopped 37 shots for Canada.

Pontus Aberg, Joachim Nermark and Oscar Klefbom had the goals for the Swedes, who scored twice with the man advantage and once shorthanded. Stefan Steen made 34 saves in the Swedish net.

Canada opened the scoring in the first but Aberg and Nermark scored to give Sweden a 2-1 lead after one period. Klefbom made it 3-1 less than two minutes into the second.

"We turned it over on their second goal, which I think got us on our heels a little bit and set us back a touch," Burnett said. "Play settled down later in the first period and through the second we put the pressure on and he (Teichmann) didn't have a whole lot of work but had some big saves on a 5-on-3.

"There were also a number of power-play situations for them in the second that we were able to get through and he was a big part of that and settled down and gave us some big, quality saves as the game went on." The U.S. beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in their tournament debut, Switzerland topped Slovakia 7-2 and Finland downed Russia 3-2.

Canada's next game comes Tuesday against Switzerland.


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