Ludvig Jansson scored at 1:35 of overtime to give Sweden a 3-2 win over Czechia and stay undefeated to remain in first place of Group A. The loss was Czechia’s first of the tournament.
Coming into the game Sweden had won the last 13 meetings between the teams at the U20 level, with Czechia’s most recent win, 3-1, coming on New Year’s Eve 2002.
The game featured two of the most notable goalies so far. Carl Lindbom entered the game with a perfect 2-0 record, no goals allowed, a 0.00 GAA, and a shutout streak of 120 minutes. Czechia’s Tomáš Suchánek meanwhile, also 2-0, was the first goalie at the World Juniors tow record two assists in a game last time out, and his three assists this year was also a record.
“We just wanted to keep it simple and work hard between the blue lines because they’re dangerous on turnovers,” said Swedish defender Adam Engström. “We wanted to get in on the forecheck, keep our structure in the defensive zone and we knew it would be fine. We also worked on being more disciplined and not taking as many penalties as we have been.”
The first period passed without even the smallest event upsetting the void. Adam Měchura had a moderately decent chance in the early going from in close, but Lindbom was in position to make the save. He wasn’t required to make another of any consequence in the period, and at the other end Suchánek wasn’t tested at all. Shots were 7-4 for Czechia, and there were no penalties.
But just when it seemed like Sweden would never allow a goal and Czechia would play them to a scoreless draw, the second period started with an exciting outburst. It started harmlessly enough. Petr Hauser chipped the puck past Calle Odelius and beat him to the puck. He roared in on goal and dished off to David Jiříček, who finished the play with a nice re-direct into the open side at 3:12. That ended Lindbom’s shutout streak at 143:12 to start the tournament.
Two minutes later, Lindbom’s teammates responded. William Strömgren pressured Tomáš Hamara behind the Czechia net, and Hamara coughed up the puck. Fabian Wagner wasted no time firing a bullet past Suchánek to tie the game. Just a minute and a half later, Sweden took their first lead when Jansson stepped in off the point and rifled a shot over Suchánek’s glove at 6:58.
Sweden was playing their usual flawless defence in the third but slowly the patient Czechs chipped away and tied the game. Lindbom made one great glove sane on Gabriel Szturc, and midway through the period a shot squirted through his pads that Noah Östlund cleared off the line.
But after some nice puck movement Jiří Ticháček got the puck in the slot and snapped a shot over Lindbom’s glove at 14:08 to make it a 2-2 game and force the overtime.
In the extra period, the Czechs started quickly, and Jiříček had two great chances to end it early. Those misses ended up being costly, as Jansson fired his second of the game on a nice deke to give Sweden the win.
23:12 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Jiříček (Hauser, Měchura)
23:12 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Čech, roughing
25:28 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Wagner
26:58 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Jansson (O. Pettersson, Robertsson)
31:03 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Kulich, cross checking
31:03 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Sandin Pellikka, cross checking
34:24 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Hamara, holding
34:42 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Rosén, holding
44:07 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Sjöholm, holding
54:08 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Ticháček (Šapovaliv, Jiříček)
54:34 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Szturc, tripping
61:35 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Jansson (Lekkerimäki, Östlund)
W: 🇸🇪 Lindbom (33-35)
L: 🇨🇿 Suchánek (21-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇸🇪 4+12+7+1 = 24
🇨🇿 7+14+11+3 = 35
🇸🇪 Goaltenders: Ian Blomquist, Carl Lindbom. Defence: Adam Engström, Ludvig Jansson, Jakob Norén, Calle Odelius, Elias Pettersson, Axel Sandin Pellikka, Victor Sjöholm (A). Forwards: Filip Bystedt, Leo Carlsson, Jonathan Lekkerimäki, Fabian Lysell, Milton Oscarson, Oskar Pettersson, Simon Robertsson, Isak Rosén, Victor Stjernborg (C), William Strömgren, Fabian Wagner, Liam Öhgren (A), Noah Östlund.
🇨🇿 Goaltenders: Daniel Král, Tomáš Suchánek. Defence: Aleš Čech, Tomáš Hamara, David Jiříček (A), David Moravec, Stanislav Svozil (C), David Špaček, Jiří Ticháček. Forwards: Jakub Brabenec, Jaroslav Chmelař, Petr Hauser, Jakub Kos, Jiří Kulich (A), Marcel Marcel, Matouš Menšík, Adam Měchura, Martin Ryšavý, Robin Sapoušek, Gabriel Szturc, Eduard Šalé, Matyáš Šapovaliv.
||vs.||CZECHIA (C) 🇨🇿
(previous 22 Dec 2019)
|Last Title||reign ends
(since 26 Dec 2022)
(+ 3 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (CZE vs. SWE)
🇸🇪 SWE 1-1 TCH 🇨🇿 – 28 Dec 1977 – WJC – Montréal 🇨🇦
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CZE vs. SWE)
🇸🇪 SWE 5-1 CZE 🇨🇿 – 20 Dec 2019 – EX – Frýdek-Místek 🇨🇿
|Last IHLC Game
🇨🇿 CZE 9-0 AUT 🇦🇹 – 27 Dec 2022 – WJC – Halifax 🇨🇦
|Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 5-1 SWE 🇸🇪 – 31 Dec 2022 – WJC – Halifax 🇨🇦