Ontario wins bronze at U17 challenge


WINDSOR, Ont. — Max Domi scored twice to lead Ontario past Sweden 5-2 to capture the bronze medal Wednesday at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Bo Horvat, Nicholas Baptiste and Jordan Subban had the other goals for Ontario. Leon Bristedt scored both goals for Sweden.

The United States and Russia were scheduled to meet for the gold medal later Wednesday night.

The contest began as a tight-checking affair with neither team scoring in the first period. Swedish netminder Ebbe Sionas was replaced midway through the period by Jonas Johansson after starting the contest despite suffering a broken finger in the warmup.

Bristedt opened the scoring in the second, firing a wrist shot past Ontario goalie Spencer Martin after taking a pass from Andre Burkowsky.

Ontario captain Horvat tied it by firing a shot past Johansson off an off-man rush. Bristedt put Sweden back ahead with a slapshot from the top of the circle later in the period.

Ontario cemented the victory with four third-period goals.

Subban tied the score on the power play just 20 seconds into the third before Baptiste gave Ontario its first lead two minutes later with a short-handed goal.

Sionas returned to the game following Baptiste’s goal.

Domi put Ontario ahead 4-2 with a power-play goal. He added another insurance goal by converting a backhand to cap a terrific individual effort.

Ontario entered the tournament as the defending champion but Subban said the team was content with its third-place finish.

"Bronze is not what we came here for," he said. "But it is still quite an accomplishment."

Ontario head coach Troy Smith agreed.

"Today’s game speaks to the resiliency of our players," he said. "Even with all the injuries and how tired they were, the guys found a way to win.

"We scored some big goals in the third period and (goaltender) Spencer Martin made some big saves throughout the game."

Martin stopped 26 shots for the win.

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