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Sweden, Switzerland To Play For Gold

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

The Championship game is set and it was similar results that has Sweden and Switzerland playing for World Championship gold on Sunday. Both teams earned 3-0 shutout victories over Finland and the United States respectively Saturday in Stockholm.

The Finns and Americans will look to rebound and end their tournaments on a high note as they play for bronze prior to the big showdown.


In the early game in Stockholm, Tre Kroner received two power play goals from Dallas' Loui Eriksson and a late empty netter from Henrik Sedin and were propelled by the play of Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth to earn the shutout win.

Finland and Sweden had the shots going early as they combined for 23 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes. Enroth was strong however in making 12 of his 30 saves in the first. Antti Raanta was good just as well but Eriksson gave the Swedes a lead 10:33 in 43 seconds into a power play.

It took 1:07 of another power play chance in the second period for Eriksson to strike once again, this time scoring with 3:47 to play in the period.

Sedin, who set up Eriksson on both of his goals, cemented the win with the empty netter with 23 seconds left on the clock as Eriksson also picked up his third point of the game with the main helper.

While Enroth was spectacular in goal, the Swedes were good on the ice in front of him. In the power play market, they killed off two straight penalties in the opening period before not being whistled the rest of the way.

Jacob Markstrom served as Enroth's backup for the game.


The Swiss' unbeaten streak ran up another one and with a win on Sunday would close out a perfect World Championship for the country.

Switzerland certainly has been impressive all tournament long knocking off hockey powers such as Sweden, Canada and on Saturday, the United States. They dominated the opening period, outshooting the US 18-9 but thanks to 19-year old John Gibson it was a scoreless 20 minutes.

It would take a little more than half the game before the Swiss got on the board with what would turn out to be the game-winner. There, Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter outwaited Gibson after receiving the pass from M Pluss on a two-on-one break before putting it top shelf with 9:59 left in the frame.

The reason it would be the game-winner? That came in large part due to Reto Berra. The Swiss netminder stopped nine in the first, seven in the second before posting 13 stops in the third with the US pressing for the equalizer.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the game, Julian Walker gave Switzerland some breathing room and the Swiss added an empty netter by Reto Suri with 19 seconds remaining.

Nick Bjugstad finished with one shot on net on 9:01 and was on the ice for two of Switzerland's goals.

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