FRANZEN AND KARLSSON HAVE FOUR POINTS EACH AS SWEDEN WINS FIRST U17 GOLD
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Gustav Franzén and Anton Karlsson both finished with two goals and two assists to help Sweden to a 7-5 win over Russia on Friday night and its first-ever gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Swedes won for the first time in three all-time trips to the gold medal game; Mats Sundin came up short in Quebec in 1988, as did the Sedin twins in Red Deer nine years later.
Robin Kovacs, Adrian Kempe, August Gunnarsson also scored for the Swedes, who ran through the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record and scored 37 goals in six games, an average of more than six per game.
Nikita Yazkov and Ivan Nikolishin had a goal and an assist each to lead the Russians, who came up one win shy of becoming the first team since Ontario in 2008 and 2009, and just the fourth team ever, to win back-to-back under-17 gold medals.
Alexander Mikulovich, Yevgeni Svechnikov and Eduard Nasybullin had the other goals for Russia.
Friday’s night game was the second between the two teams this week – the Swedes posted a 7-4 win on Tuesday night at the Colisée.
The first two periods were a back-and-forth battle, with the Russians taking a pair of leads in the first period, only to see Sweden tie it up both times, before the Swedes went ahead twice in the second, only to watch Russia pull even twice.
Power play goals less than two minutes apart from Karlsson and Franzen gave the Swedes the game’s first two-goal lead midway through the third, and although Nasybullin scored on a Russian man advantage to cut the lead to one once again, Karlsson, the Swedish captain, clinched it with an empty-net goal in the dying seconds.
Jesper Eriksson earned the win with 24 saves in the Swedish goal, while Russian netminder Maxim Sidorov took the loss after making 24 stops of his own.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||27
|Date||Fri. Jan. 4, 2013
||Time/Heure||07:30 PM ET|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
06:24 RUS 17 Nikita Yazkov
06:49 SWE 9 Gustaf Franzén (27 Henrik Törnqvist)
10:32 RUS 11 Ivan Nikolishin (27 Dmitri Sergeyev, 14 Daniil Vovchenko)
12:19 SWE 26 Robin Kovacs (22 Dmytro Timashov)
02:30 RUS 28 Alexander Mikulovich (Hooking)
07:55 SWE 7 Adam Ollas Mattsson (10-Minute Misconduct)
07:55 SWE 7 Adam Ollas Mattsson (Checking to the Head)
08:29 SWE 6 Emil Johansson (Closing Hand on Puck)
19:14 RUS 14 Daniil Vovchenko (Interference)
|Second Period/Deuxieme Période|
08:09 SWE 17 Adrian Kempe (23 Oskar Lindblom, 13 Sebastian Aho)
11:20 RUS 28 Alexander Mikulovich (17 Nikita Yazkov)
15:20 SWE 15 August Gunnarsson (18 Anton Karlsson, 9 Gustaf Franzén) PP
18:03 RUS 7 Yevgeni Svechnikov (19 Radel Fazleyev)
09:11 RUS 28 Alexander Mikulovich (Tripping)
14:47 RUS 23 Maxim Lazarev (Interference)
18:33 SWE 28 Andreas Englund (Interference)
19:49 RUS 19 Radel Fazleyev (Interference)
|Third Period/Troisième Période|
09:56 SWE 18 Anton Karlsson (15 August Gunnarsson, 9 Gustaf Franzén) PP
11:41 SWE 9 Gustaf Franzén (13 Sebastian Aho, 18 Anton Karlsson) PP
18:05 RUS 18 Eduard Nasybullin (11 Ivan Nikolishin) PP
19:38 SWE 18 Anton Karlsson EN
03:34 SWE 16 Markus Pettersson (Tripping)
05:26 RUS 10 Ilya Zinoviev (Hooking)
09:30 RUS 21 Andrei Svetlakov (Tripping)
11:01 RUS 7 Yevgeni Svechnikov (Tripping)
16:49 RUS 14 Daniil Vovchenko (Slashing)
16:49 SWE 18 Anton Karlsson (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
17:57 SWE 28 Andreas Englund (Boarding)
20:00 RUS 1 Maxim Sidorov (10-Minute Misconduct)
|Goaltenders/Gardien(ne)s de but|
||1 Maxim Sidorov||On 1/00:00||Off 3/19:32|
|1 Maxim Sidorov
||On 3/19:39||Off 3/20:00|
|SWE||34 Chris Birdsall||On 1/00:00||Off 3/20:00|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueur(se) du match|
||3 William Lagesson|
|RUS||1 Maxim Sidorov