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Sweden, U.S. win in Spisska

Sweden, U.S. win in Spisska

Gustafsson gets winner for Sweden

Published 15.04.2017 23:28 GMT+2 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Sweden, U.S. win in Spisska
SPISSKA NOVA VES, SLOVAKIA - APRIL 15: Sweden's David Gustaffson #13 celebrates after a third period goal against the Czech Republic during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/HHOF-IIHF Images)
David Gustafsson's goal at 7:30 of the third broke a 2-2 tie and propelled Sweden to victory over the Czech Republic.

Sweden 3-Czech Republic 2

The Swedes and Czechs now have indentical records of 1-1. 

Jacob Peterson scored just 3:40 into the game to stake the Swedes to the early lead. They had a sensational chance to increase that lead late in the period when the Czechs incurred two minor penalties on the same play.

Despite a full two minutes of 5-on-3, however, the Swedes couldn't beat Czech goalie Jakub Skarek, who faced 19 shots in the period (to only five by the Czechs on Adam Ahman).

Nevertheless, the Swedes struck early in the second to double their lead when Fabian Zetterlund scored just 35 seconds after the faceoff.

The Czechs got to Ahman at 17:30 when Filip Zadina scored on the power play, and they tied the score at 6:08 of the third thanks to Jan Kern.

Just 82 seconds later, however, Gustafsson scored what proved to be the winning goal. 


United States 5-Russia 4

The United States jumped out to a 4-1 lead but had to hang on for a 5-4 win in Spisska Nova Ves this afternoon.

The win keeps the Americans perfect at 2-0 while the Russians fall to 1-1. 

Ryan Poehling had two goals for the winners while teammate Sean Dhooghe chipped in with three assists. 

Dmitri Samorukov had a pair of goals for the Russians.

Russia opened the scoring midway through the first period when Pavel Koltygin capitalized on a short-handed chance.

The lead held up for more than 20 minutes as the Russians played a tactical game that frustrated the U.S. But patience paid off, and the Americans counted three goals in the final six minutes of the second.

Grant Mismash tied the game at 13:57, and two and a half minutes later Poehling put his team up for good. He added a second goal, short-handed no less, in the final minute.

But the order of the first two periods gave way to puck chaos in the third as the Americans tried to distance themselves and the Russians fought back valiantly.

Josh Norris made it 4-1 early, but Samorukov got his first of the night to cut the lead to two.

Quinton Hughes made it 5-2 midway through the period, and the Americans perhaps felt the heat was off. Not so. 

Samorukov scored again with 3:27 remaining, and then Ivan Chekhovich made it 5-4 just 36 seconds later. That was as close as they got, though, and even with a sixth attacker in the final minute the Russians couldn't get the tying goal.

Both teams have Easter Sunday off. The Americans play the Czechs on Monday afternoon, after which Russia and Belarus tangle.


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