Sweden headed into the playoff round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Chapionship looking like a confident, determined team. But few would have predicted the blowout win the Swedes inflicted on neighbor and rival, Finland, in the teams' quarterfinal matchup.
Team Sweden pinned a 10-0 thrashing on the Finns, setting themselves up for a tough semi-final showdown with the USA. Thirteen players tallied points for the Swedes in the win over Finland, including a four-point game from William Nylander and three points from Axel Holmstrom, both Sweden's and this tournament's top two scorers.
One Swedish player that surprisingly did not get on the scoresheet in the game vs. Finland was defenseman Gustav Forsling. Forsling had been providing offense from the back end over the course of the preliminary round, scoring four goals and adding one assist in the first four games of the U18. But Forsling was one of the few Swedes to be held scoreless in the win over Finland.
Forsling competed for Linkoping's SuperElit squad during the 2013-14 season. In 44 games, he scored six goals and chipped in 12 assists for 18 points. Forsling added four points in two playoff games.
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