Team Sweden faced off against archrival Finland in the semifinals of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday, posting a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Finns to advance to the gold medal game against Canada.
Sweden managed to get out of the first period tied at 1 despite facing a barrage of 22 shots off the sticks of Finnish players. Sweden outshot Finland the rest of the way, however, scoring the game-winning goal in the third period and ensuring themselves of a medal for the first time since the 2012 tournament.
Providing leadership for the Swedes at this event is defenseman Jacob Cederholm, who was named captain of the team prior to this tournament. The 6’3″, 181-pound Cederholm has netted one goal while providing solid play in his own zone over the course of the tournament. He spent most of the 2014-15 season playing for HV71’s junior teams, but did see three games with the SHL squad.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Cederholm following Sweden’s win over Finland, with his comments being included in this HF video.
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