Canada defeated Sweden 5-1 on Tuesday for its second straight victory at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament in Slovakia.
Mitchell Stephens scored two goals in the third period to help put the game out of reach. Canada (2-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the Group B standings while Sweden (1-1) fell into second place.
"What I like is how well we're playing defensively," said head coach Jody Hull. "In this tournament, that's the key. You've got to play strong in your zone and with the quality of forwards we have and our defencemen, they seem to be working in really good unison right now."
Sweden could not capitalize on a pair of 5-on-3 advantages in a scoreless opening period.
Travis Konecny scored on a power play in the second period and Lawson Crouse made it a 2-0 game a few minutes later. After Stephens gave Canada a healthy lead, Jansen Harkins iced the win by scoring on a penalty shot late in the third.
"After the first period, we sort of found our legs," Stephens said. "We didn't buy into their system of getting caught into penalties and stuff like that.