WJC Recap: Russia 3, Sweden 4 (OT)
CALGARY, AB -- It was a New Years Eve to remember for Team Sweden as they sent the game into overtime, scoring the equalizer against Russia with just 40 seconds remaining in the final frame, and clinching the 4-3 overtime win.
“Max Friberg passed the puck up to (Patrik) Nemeth on the blue-line and he fires the shot and he almost hit me in the face,” described Joakim Nordstrom, who netted the game winning goal for the Swedes. “I just let it hit my stick instead of my face and it went under the crossbar and in.”
Although the goal was reviewed, Nordstrom’s stick would be ruled beneath the crossbar, scoring at 2:44 of overtime.
Sweden poured it on with some third period heroics, with Oscar Klefbom, Rickard Rakell and Max Friberg each scoring once.
“We have a lot of confidence in ourselves and we know that if we do the right things we are going to have a good chance to come back in the game,” said Swedish goalie, Johan Gustafsson with 23 saves on the night.
Friberg’s seventh of the tournament would come in dramatic fashion as he redirected Jonas Brodin’s point shot with only 40 seconds remaining in the final frame, pushing the contest into extra time.
“If you should work with him you should understand how much of a winner he is. He is now blaming himself for missing some scoring chances in the end,” said Sweden’s head coach, Roger Ronnberg regarding his leading scorer.
It would take 104 shots and 163 minutes into the world junior tournament for any opposition team to solve Russian netminder, Andrei Vasilevski. Sweden tested the netminder 55 times, with a good share of them coming on the eight powerplay opportunities.
Russia came out to a quick three-goal lead in the first period as Zemchenko, Kosov and Telegin each tallied a goal within the first 14 minutes of the game. With the loss, Team Russia will face the Czech Republic in Monday’s quarter-final matchup.
Sweden’s comeback means they will get a bye to the semi-final round, along with Team Canada, and await the winner from the Slovakia/Finland quarter-final game.
12 from Friberg blast from the point.