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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson Earns Chance to Win Gold Medal

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched an assist on Team Sweden's game-winning goal during its 4-1 victory over Team Finland on Saturday in a semifinal match at the IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Ekman-Larsson helped set up a power-play goal by John Klingberg at 4:36 of the second period. Alexander Edler, William Nylander and Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Swedes, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

Ekman-Larsson has produced five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games played at the annual tournament, in which 16 nations compete. 

Team Sweden will attempt to win its first gold medal at this event since 2013 when it takes on Team Canada in the championship game on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Arizona time. The game can be seen on NHL Network.

• Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome scored the game-winning goal for the Erie Otters on Saturday in the first game for the Ontario Hockey League champs at the 2017 Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario.

Strome, Erie's team captain, snapped a 2-2 tie with the Seattle Thunderbirds, the champs of the Western Hockey League, by notching a goal at 1:36 of the third period. Erie won 4-2.

"It's huge to win the first one," Strome, who took a team-high five shots on goal, told reporters. "There were some tense moments there for us, but we got some big shot blocks from unsung heroes … We need those kind of efforts and we're happy to win the first one."

Erie's next game in the four-team, round-robin tournament is slated for Monday vs. Saint John, the champs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

• The Tucson Roadrunners on Saturday announced the signing of defenseman Kevin Ekman-Larsson to a one-year contract. The Roadrunners are the Coyotes' affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Ekman-Larsson, 22, is the younger brother of Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He has played his entire career in Sweden. Last year, playing with Tyngsryds AIF in the Allsvenskan, he produced two goals and five assists in 47 games. He also has played for the Swedish National Team at the U-16 and U-17 levels.

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