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Sweden nips Switzerland 3-2 in shootout at world junior hockey tournament

Friday, 12.28.2012 / 11:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sweden nips Switzerland 3-2 in shootout at world junior hockey tournament

UFA, Russia - Victor Rask had the lone goal of the shootout to earn Sweden a 3-2 win over Switzerland at the world junior hockey championship Friday.

Sweden (2-0) moved atop Pool A with five points, one point ahead of Switzerland (1-1).

Swedish coach Roger Ronnberg made an interesting decision heading into the shootout by changing his goaltenders. Joel Lassinantti had played regulation and overtime but was on the bench in favour of Niklas Lundstrom for the shootout.

The move paid off as Lundstrom stopped all three Swiss penalty shots that he faced.

Sebastian Collberg and Emil Djuse scored in regulation for the Swedes, with Djuse's goal in the third forcing overtime.

Eliot Antonietii and Mike Kunzle replied for Switzerland.

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