The talented collection of forwards and defensemen that Team Sweden brought to the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship overshadowed the goaltenders on that country’s WJC roster, but it was goaltender Linus Soderstrom that won the day in Sweden’s 1-0 win over the USA on Day 3 in Helsinki, Finland.
Soderstrom, a prospect of the New York Islanders, earned the shutout with full marks, stopping all 46 shots that Team USA fired his way. Soderstrom’s job was made a bit more difficult by the fact that his team took eight minor penalties over the course of the contest, but he and the Swedish penalty killing unit weathered the storm.
One of the defensemen charged with ensuring that the opposition doesn’t spend too much time around Soderstrom’s crease is William Lagesson, an Edmonton Oilers prospect who competes for the University of Massechusetts-Amherst in the NCAA’s Hockey East conference. Lagesson is more of a defensive defenseman who also brings a bit of physical play to the position, but he did contribute an assist in the opening win over Switzerland.
Lagesson spoke with the media following Sweden’s win over the USA at the Helsinki Ice Hall, with his comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.
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