After a somewhat wobbly start to their 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Sweden finished the preliminary round of the tournament strongly, outscoring their final two opponents by a 13-2 count. The most recent win came against Russia, a convincing 5-1 victory that has the Swedes primed for their quarterfinal match against Slovakia.
Four players provided the goals for Sweden in the win over Russia, with forward Lias Andersson picking up the two-goal game. Tim Wahlgren, Oskar Steen, and Axel Jonsson Fjallby notched single goal in the win while goaltender Filip Gustavsson stopped 22 of 23 shots to pick up his second win of the tournament.
Andersson, who plays for HV71 Jonkoping in Sweden, is one of three Swedes with five points to this point of the tournament. The 2017 prospect has two goals and three assists to go along with a +2 rating after four games.
Andersson spoke with Hockey’s Future folowing the win over Russia, with his comments being captured in this HF video.
Highlights from the Sweden-Russia match can be viewed below.
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