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Swedes rout Switzerland 11-4 for WJC bronze

by Adam Kimelman
SASKATOON, Sask. -- The thought for Sweden going into its bronze-medal game against Switzerland at the 2010 World Junior Championship was that some medal was better than no medal at all. While it wasn't the gold medal they were aiming for, the Swedes didn't go home empty-handed after scoring five times in the first period en route to an 11-4 rout of Switzerland.
Andre Petersson had a hat trick, and Daniel Brodin and Jakob Silfverberg scored twice each to lead Sweden.
Dominik Schlumpf had a goal and an assist and leading scorer Nino Niederreiter had a goal for Switzerland. Goalie Benjamin Conz, who saw more shots than any netminder in the tournament, stopped 39 of 50 shots.
Sweden coach Per Marts said a team meeting held Monday started the healing process for his team from its semifinal loss to the U.S. the night before.
"We had a long meeting," Marts said. "We talked about feelings, how things happen and why things didn't happen. I think that was the start for looking up again, to want a bronze medal. No one on this team had a bronze medal before. I'm pleased."
The onslaught started early, as Dennis Rasmussen scored 3:59 into the game. Anton Lander -- wearing the captain's C in place of the injured Marcus Johansson -- made it 2-0 when he knocked in the rebound of Anton Rodin's shot.
Petersson one-timed a great dot-to-dot pass for a power-play goal to make it 3-0. Petersson scored again with 1:10 left, and 14 seconds later Mattias Tedenby made it 5-0 to close the first.
Sweden outshot Switzerland 21-5 in the first period, and kept rolling in the second as Silfverberg and Brodin scored 39 seconds apart to make it 7-0.
Switzerland scored on a power play when Oliver Ekman-Larson was assessed a 10-minute misconduct for checking from behind. Taking advantage of a Sweden turnover in its own end, Michael Loichat rifled a slap shot from above the circles over Jakob Markstrom's glove.
Silfverberg's made it 8-1 when he scored his second of the night, a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the right circle at 10:05. Brodin's second, also on the power play, made it 9-1 at 13:50.
Switzerland got a pair of goals 11 seconds apart to make it 9-3 late in the second. Schlumpf beat Markstrom over his glove, and then after Markstrom gave the puck away behind his net, Jeffrey Fuglister scored into an empty net.
Niederreiter scored on a 5-on-3 advantage on a rocket from just inside the blue line to make it 9-4, but Petersson completed his hat trick off a nice pass from Lukas Kilstrom to make it 10-4 after two periods.
David Rundblad's power-play goal was the only score of the third.
Despite the loss, Switzerland coach Jakob Kolliker said his players have nothing to hang their heads about following a surprising fourth-place finish.
"The team we had here, they can be proud and go home with heads high," he said.
The Swedes also will go home with a smile.
"We expected gold but we got bronze," said Paajarvi-Svensson. "We won the last game and we're just going to have to take that. … If you win the last game you have to be somewhat happy."
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