Team Sweden was hoping for a chance to settle a score with host Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and their wish has come true after the Swedes earned a semi-final berth with a 6-0 win over Slovakia in a quarterfinal game at Helsinki Ice Hall.
The win means that Sweden will face Finland in the next round, although the Swedes may have been hoping for a gold medal game showdown to turn the tables on the Finns, who won gold at this event in Sweden two years ago after defeating the Swedes in overtime on a goal by Rasmus Ristolainen.
Six different players found the net in Sweden’s win over Slovakia, with Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN), Oskar Lindblom (PHI), Cristoffer Ehn (DET), Adrian Kempe (LAK), Jens Looke (ARI), and Alexander Nylander (2016) beating goaltender Adam Huska (NYR) in the victory. Kempe, Looke, Axel Homstrom (DET) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (BOS) each produced two-point games, with Linus Soderstrom (NYI) posting his second shutout of the tournament.
Holmstrom and Forsbacka-Karlsson spoke with Hockey’s Future following the win, with their comments being included in this HF video.
Game highlights from the Sweden-Slovakia game can be viewed below.
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