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Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Zach Sawchenko dons the Hockey Hall of Fame Chris Chelios jersey during warm ups in WHL action earlier this season. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It took a lot of rubber, but Team Pacific finally got a breakthrough against the Swedes Thursday at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Adam Musil scored 26 seconds into the third period and Glenn Gawdin scored less than two minutes later as Pacific beat Sweden 3-1 to advance to the semifinals at the tournament in Nova Scotia.
Moose Jaw Warriors goalie Zach Sawchenko made 25 saves for Pacific. He has won all three games he has played in the tournament.
At the other end of the ice, Felix Sandstrom from Sweden made 39 saves to keep his team in the game.
Filip Ahl opened the scoring for Sweden, but Brad Morrison tied the game shortly thereafter.
Sawchenko has a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage. He is fourth in each category in the tournament.
Pacific will play Russia in one semifinal — the Russians beat Pacific 4-3 in a pre-tournament exhibition game — and the unbeaten Americans will meet Quebec in the other semifinal.
Team West — which features Warrior prospects Ryan Gardiner and Jayden Halbgewachs — concluded pool play with a 4-1 loss to Quebec.
West will play in Friday’s ninth-place game against Germany.