Sweden capped off its two-game Euro Hockey Challenge series with Norway with another dominant performance, winning 7-1 for a 2-game goal differential of 12-1, to reclaim the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Unlike their three previous games, which didn’t precipitate an offensive outburst until the second period, Sweden scored early and often in this game, with Johan Harju and Dennis Rasmussen both scoring within the opening ten minutes of the game, giving Norwegian goalie Pål Grotnes some early headaches. The pain continued in the second, as another pair from Mattias Karlsson and Simon Hjalmarsson resulted in Grotnes being pulled for backup Tommy Johansen, despite getting a goal from Per-Åge Skrøder to keep the game at 4-1.
However, Johansen didn’t have it much easier, giving up another pair to Fredrik Pettersson and Henrik Tömmernes midway through the second to put things at 6-1 after two periods. The Isbjørnene gained a small victory in the third in that they kept the shots to an even 9-9 (being outshot 30-13 in the first two periods), only conceding a single goal this time to Jesper Fasth midway through the frame. But when it was all said and done, Tre Kronor skated away with the 7-1 bruising, with Erik Ersberg and Anton Forsberg splitting time in goal for the “W.”
With the win, Sweden retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship after its fourth straight win, as part of their record 69th reign with the title. They won the IHLC from Russia at February’s Oddset Hockey Games, defending in February against Finland and yesterday against Norway in a 5-0 victory, the last time these two met for the title. Sweden will now move on to the next leg of the Euro Hockey Challenge, facing Belarus in a 2-game set in Minsk starting April 10.
01:49 – PEN – Roest, hooking
03:15 – PP GOAL – Harju (Gunnarsson, Rasmussen)
06:59 – PEN – Gunnarsson, interference
10:51 – GOAL – Rasmussen (Figren, Bergfors)
12:20 – PEN – Østli, tripping
18:33 – PEN – Figren, interference
19:35 – PEN – Tollefsen, slashing
21:16 – PP GOAL – Karlsson (Rasmussen, Bäckman)
23:41 – PEN – Strøm, slashing
26:50 – GOAL – Skrøder (Rindal, Olimb)
27:43 – PEN – Tömmernes, roughing
30:22 – GOAL – Hjalmarsson (Dahlbeck, Kronwall)
33:16 – PEN – Ask, slashing
34:29 – PP GOAL – Pettersson (Lundqvist)
38:03 – GOAL – Tömmernes (Pettersson)
41:00 – PEN – Olausson, tripping
47:46 – GOAL – Fasth (Hjalmarsson, Gunnarsson)
49:39 – PEN – Karlsson, holding
51:31 – PEN – Jacobsen-Lystad, charging
57:40 – PEN – Dahlbeck, holding
W: Ersberg (12-13), Forsberg (9-9)
L: Grotnes (19-23), Johansen (13-16)
SHOTS ON GOAL
15+15+9 = 39
7+6+9 = 22
Goaltenders: Erik Ersberg, Anton Forsberg. Defence: Jonas Ahnelöv, Mattias Bäckman, Klas Dahlbeck, Daniel Fernholm, Daniel Gunnarsson, Mattias Karlsson, Staffan Kronwall (C), Henrik Tömmernes. Forwards: Dick Axelsson, Niclas Bergfors, Nicklas Danielsson, Jesper Fasth, Robin Figren, Johan Harju, Simon Hjalmarsson, Joel Lundqvist, Niklas Olausson, Niklas Persson (A), Fredrik Pettersson, Dennis Rasmussen.
Goaltenders: Pål Grotnes, Tommy Johansen. Defence: Jonas Djupvik Løvlie, Jonas Holøs (A), Jonas Oppøyen, Alexander Rindal, Daniel Sørvik, William Strøm, Ole Kristian Tollefsen (C), Lars Løkken Østli. Forwards: Morten Ask, Robin Dahlstrøm, Kristian Forsberg, Martin Blakseth Huse, Fredrik Jacobsen-Lystad, Tommy Kristiansen, Andreas Martinsen, Mathis Olimb, Mats Rosseli Olsen, Nicklas Roest, Per-Åge Skrøder, Andreas Stene.