The final game for Sweden in the preliminary round leaves them with 16 points and in second place in Group A. After defeating France 4-2 on Monday, they have secured a spot in the next round, but the final standings are yet to be determined.
Like almost every other game, about halfway into the first period, Sweden gets one past Cristobal Huet for a one goal lead. The goal scored by Jacob Josefson was only his second goal of the preliminary round.
To start the second period, Sweden loses its lead after back-to-back goals scored by France’s Damien Fleury. Scored about 2 minutes apart, France took over with a 2-1 lead on Sweden. However near the end of the second after a penalty on France’s Charles Bertrand, Filip Forsberg scores for Sweden a mere 9 seconds into the power play to bring the score to 2-2.
Sweden starts the third in the best way with Forsberg sneaking in a goal less than a minute into the period. Forsberg dominated in the prelims with eight goals in seven games. A few minutes later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had an assist on all the goals so far for Sweden, brings the score to 4-2, leaving France to pull Huet for the remainder of the game and put Florian Hardy between the pipes.
The quarterfinals begin on May 14th, Sweden’s time slot is TBA.