2003 IIHF World Junior Championship

Sweden 5 Germany 2
Saturday, December 21, 2002
Halifax, NS

Swedish goalie Mathias Fagerstrom was sharp for the most part, allowing two
weak goals, but turning aside 14 shots in a 5-2 Swedish victory over Team
Germany here in Halifax tonight. Forward Andreas Jamtim did much of the
damage with a goal and four assists.

The game got choppy in the third period after a Swedish player fired a puck
into the German bench, however the referee was able to keep the game in
check. After more than one stoppage in play the teams engaged each other,
which led many in the crowd to chant "fight".

Jamtin excited the crowd, and led a balanced Swedish attack. At times it
resembled target practice for the Swedish team, but German net minder
Patrick Ehelchner kept his team within striking distance with some timely
saves. Ehelchner highlighted by a glove save on the Swedish forward.
Ehelchner’s glove has bailed him out six times in the game.

Swedish forward Robert Nilsson, who plays for the Calgary Hitmen of the
Western Hockey League, said after the game, “Next game we just need to score
more goals and be more physical.” He also referred to Team Canada, sighting
their aggressive play, “I saw the highlights of last night (Canada versus
Czech Republic Exhibition) and [Canada] look very ready to play physical.”

After one period the teams were tied 1-1. The first period was lackluster,
with either team passing with much precision. The Germans opened the
scoring at 10:01 on a goal by Alexander Sulzer. The lead lasted exactly a
minute until Swedish defenseman Patrick Baarnhielm blasted the puck into the
German net.

The American team was in attendance to do some scouting, as they will
challenge the Swedish team next, on Monday night in New Glasgow.

Box Score












Scoring/Buts :
10:11GER - 6 Sulzer Alexander (4 Daniel Menge, 7 Marcel Goch
11:02 SWE - 3 Patric Baamhielm (28 Andreas Jamtin, 16 Yared Hagos)

Penalties/Pénalités :
2:10 GER - 9 Martin Walter (obstruction)
6:59 SWE - 9 Mats Hansson Holding
9:47 SWE - 4 Joakim Lindstrom (2 for checking from behind)
11:34 GER - 24- Josef Menauer holding

Scoring/Buts :
0:17 SWE - 24 Alexander Steen (28 Andreas Jamtin, 14 Adam Andersson)
27:58 SWE - 28 Andreas Jamtin (sh)
33:54 SWE - 20 Fredrik Ericsson (16 Yared Hagos, 9 Mats Hansson)
35:12 GER - 15 Alexander Barta (16 Kai Hospelt)

Penalties/Pénalités :
22:14 SWE - 10 Andreas Falk (elbowing)
25:59 SWE - 24 Alexander Steen (roughing)

Scoring/Buts :
44:28 SWE - 4 Joakim Lindstrom (28- Alexander Jamtin, 29- Robert Nilsson)

Penalties/Pénalités :
42:08 GER - 13 David Danner (hooking)
47:35 SWE - 7 Jonas Leetma (holding)

53:54 GER - 12 Yannic Seidenberg (slashing)
55:15 SWE - 29 Robert Nilsson (tripping)

Goaltenders SWE Mathias Fagerstrom
Gardiens de but GER Patrick Ehelchner

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Halifax hosts its first exhibition game tonight as Germany faces Sweden in a 7:00 pm AT start at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Always a threat to win the WJC, Sweden is looking to improve on their sixth place finish at last year’s World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic. Sweden’s last medal was silver at the 1996 tournament in Boston. A familiar name to hockey fans will be leading the Swedish team this year as Alexander Steen, the son of former NHL star Tomas Steen will be counted on to provide some offense for the Swedish side. Steen is well on his way to the NHL as the Toronto Maple Leafs selected him in the first round of last summer’s draft.

Germany is competing in their first WJC since the 1998 tournament in Helsinki, Finland. The highest the Germans have ever finished is sixth in 1977, 1980 and 1981. This year much of the load will be carried by Marcel Goc who was chosen in the first round of the 2001 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks, with that pick he became the highest German-born player to be drafted in the NHL. Goc has been honing his skills with Schwennigen of the German Men’s League for the past two seasons.

The next action for both of these teams will be when Germany faces Belarus in a 7:00 pm AT game from Antigonish while Sweden will take on the USA on Dec. 23 in New Glasgow, NS.

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