Sweden defeats Czechia in bronze recreation

Sweden defeats Czechia in bronze game

Buoyed by goalie Jesper Wallstedt’s 27-save efficiency, Sweden beat Czechia 3-1 to win the bronze medal on the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton on Saturday.

Fabian Lysell, Isak Rosen, and Linus Sjodin scored for Sweden.

The Swedes earned Tomas Monten one other medal in his remaining outing behind their World Junior bench. As a head coach, Monten, 44, additionally gained the 2018 silver medal and 2020 bronze medal. Sweden beforehand captured World Junior bronze in 1979, 1980, 1987, 1995, 2010, and 2020.

“It was a tricky loss yesterday,” mentioned Swedish captain Emil Andrae of falling 1-0 to Finland within the semi-final. “We needed to re-group and are available collectively and we talked about having a duty to our nation. After all, it was for Tomas Monten, too. It was his final recreation. We needed to do it for him. He’s had six years of grinding, so I’m pleased to get a bronze medal for him. He’s a very good coach. That’s what this final recreation was all about.”

Michal Intestine replied for Czechia.

To be going residence emptyhanded is a real disappointment for the Czechs. The whole lot got here collectively for them after they ended the U.S.’s reign as World Junior champions with a 4-2 quarter-final shocker. Nevertheless, the host Canadians overpowered coach Radim Rulik’s boys 5-2 within the semi-finals. The Czechs simply did not have sufficient left of their tank to high Sweden.

“It wasn’t laborious to rise up for the sport,” Intestine mentioned. “We have been taking part in for a medal. It doesn’t matter if it was gold or silver or bronze. We haven’t gained a medal for 17 years, so we needed something. We have been able to play at present.”