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IIHF World Championship Update: 19.05.13

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Switzerland's run at the 2013 IIHF World Championships came to an end in the gold medal game as they fell to Sweden 5-1 on Sunday.

Heading into the game, Switzerland won nine straight games and secured themselves the country's first silver medal since 1935. Sweden, who fell to Switzerland in the round robin, dispatched Finland 3-0 in the semi-final to earn their spot in the gold medal game.

Sweden is the first country to win gold on home ice since 1986.

Roman Josi, who was named the tournament's MVP, opened the scoring early in the game but Sweden answered back with two goals in the first period. Erik Gustafsson snapped a rebound into the back of the net at 8:42 and Henrik Sedin scored on the power play at 11:38.

Sweden held onto their 2-1 lead until Simon Hjalmarsson gave his country a two-goal cushion at the 7:13 mark of the third period. Loui Eriksson made it 4-1 just over 8 minutes later and H. Sedin scored his second of game with an empty-netter at 16:36.

Reto Berra, who posted a 29-save shutout in the 3-0 semi-final win over the USA, backed up veteran netminder Martin Gerber in the gold medal game. Berra ended the tournament with an incredible 1.00 GAA and a .9672 save percentage. The 26 year-old suited up for four games, winning all four and allowing just four goals on 122 shots.

Berra was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Jay Bouwmeester trade.

Finland took Chris Butler and the USA to a shootout in the bronze medal game but Alex Galchenyuk notched the game-winner - one of his two goals in the shootout - to win the game for his country.

Craig Smith and Paul Stastny gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Finns kept pressing and in the third period, Lauri Korpikoski scored twice to send the game into extra time. John Gibson made 36 saves in the victory and captured his second international medal this year. He backstopped the American U20 team to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. He, Jacob Trouba and Galchenyuk are the first Americans to win medals at both tournaments in the same year.

Butler logged 18:34 of ice time and fired two shots on net. He finished off the tournament with two assists in 10 games.

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