Although he struggled at times during the 2012 World Junior Championship, Sweden goaltender Johan Gustafsson came through for his team when they needed it most. Gustafsson shutout Russia in his team's 1-0, overtime win to give that country its first gold medal at the WJC in 31 years.
It had been 31 long years, but Sweden finally cracked the code and won the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship. The win didn't come easily, with Russian goaltender Andrei Makarov making sure that his tired teammates remained a threat into overtime. But it was Sweden's Mika Zibanejad that would decide this contest as he swooped in on Makarov in the overtime to score the biggest goal in Swedish hockey in many years.
Sweden head coach Roger Ronnberg was at the helm at last year’s WJC, where his squad fell short of earning a medal despite high expectations. At the 2012 World Junior Championship, Ronnberg and his charges have assured themselves of winning a medal, which could turn out to be golden if Sweden can defeat Russia in the tournament finale on Thursday.
Ronnberg talked about his team’s win over Finland and about playing for the gold medal.
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth was a part of last year’s highly-touted Swedish WJC squad that ultimately fell short of their lofty expectations. Nemeth and his teammates are making up for last year’s disappointment by competing for the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship as they have moved on to the showcase game following their semi-final win over Finland.
Nemeth talked about the win over Finland following the game.
Swedish forward Sebastian Collberg has been a rising prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft. Collberg’s sharp performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship has done nothing to tarnish his credentials as a goal-scorer, and may in fact boost his ranking towards the top 10. He’ll get an opportunity to show his skills in the gold medal game as he and his teammates will faceoff against Russia for the 2012 WJC bragging rights.
Collberg talked about the win over Finland, and taking part in his first Under-20 WJC.