In a rematch of last year’s bronze medal game, the score was slightly different as Sweden dominated the Slovaks all game en route to a 6-0 win. From the opening whistle, Sweden had control of the game and never let up.

First Period:

About five minutes in, after dominating the opening few minutes, Sweden scored the game’s first goal as Joel Eriksson Ek returned to the lineup by scoring his first goal of the tournament, 1-0. Slovakia would get a chance to play with the puck after Adam Ollas Mattson took an interference penalty to send the Slovaks to the power play. Near the end of the power play, Filip Lestan took a bad cross-checking penalty and sent Sweden to a power play. The Swedes would capitalize on the man advantage as Oskar Lindblom finished off a pretty display of passing to put Sweden up 2-0. Slovakia would have a chance to get back into the game after a Jacob Larsson boarding penalty, but they could not convert. Late in the first, Slovakia would get their third power play after Rasmus Asplund took an interference penalty, though the period would end before they could score and Sweden would take a 2-0 lead into the second. Sweden also dominated in shots 17-5 despite being on the penalty kill three times.

Second Period:

Sweden goes to its second power play of the game from a Ladislav Romancik interference penalty but the Swedes were held off the board. Just under midway through, Kristian Pospisil took an interference penalty (what else?) and Sweden would go to its third power play. Just as the penalty expired, Sweden made it 3-0 after Christoffer Ehn converts on a very nice feed from Jens Looke. It nearly got worse for Slovakia after Patrik Koch got sent off for slashing but Sweden couldn’t take advantage. Late in a period again, Slovakia would go to the power play after a too many men penalty on the Swedes. The Slovaks wouldn’t be able to convert for a fourth time on the man advantage. Sweden led in shots in the second period 18-6 and 35-11 overall.

Third Period:

The best scoring chance of the game for Slovakia came from Lukas Hrusik as he was sprung on a partial breakaway but Linus Soderstrom made the stop on his toughest test of the game. Not long after, Adrian Kempe wired a wrist shot by Adam Huska and made it 4-0 for the Swedes. Slovakia would get another power play after what seemed like the twentieth interference penalty of the game. On the penalty kill, Jens Looke shot the puck off of the end boards and it deflected off of Adam Huska’s skate and in to give Sweden a 5-0 lead. The Swedes would get another power play from a Ladislav Romancik cross-checking minor but couldn’t put the puck past Huska. Late in the third, Alex Nylander received a great feed from Dmytro Timashov and fired a great shot by Huska to make it 6-0. With about a minute left, Kristian Pospisil took a tripping penalty as Sweden would get an unneeded late power play. They wouldn’t score but would still win 6-0. Final shots on goal were in favor of Sweden, 55-17.

Recap:

Sweden avenges its loss in last year’s bronze medal game to these Slovaks as they appeared more motivated than they did in their meeting last year. The Swedes will face the winner of the Canada-Finland match-up as either opponent will pose a definite threat to the Swedish gold medal hopes. Players of the game for both games were Lukas Hrusik for Slovakia and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson for Sweden. Adam Huska, Christian Jaros, and Matus Sukel were named Slovakia’s players of the tournament.

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