Team Sweden made a nice run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing atop a tough Group A while compiling the best record among the countries competing at this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland.
Their strong play continued in their quarterfinal match against Slovakia, a game they won 6-0, but the tournament then took a familiar turn for the Swedes. First, they dropped a hard-fought, 2-1 decision to archrival Finland in the semi-finals, then missed out on a medal altogether after losing to the USA by an 8-3 score in the bronze medal game. It was the second straight year that Sweden lost in the WJC’s bronze medal game.
One defenseman that turned in a solid performance for Sweden at this WJC was Jacob Larsson (ANA), who posted a goal and two assists in six games while putting 13 shots on goal and compiling a +3 rating. Meanwhile, forward Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) filled a second-line role for Sweden at this tournament. Ek scored a game-winning goal and added an assist for two points in six games while finishing with 25 shots on goal and a +2 rating.
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