Photo: Sweden forward Oskar Sundqvist scores what proved to be the game-winning goal in the third period of Sweden’s 2-1 semi-final win over Russia at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two very different games played on during the semi-finals of the 2014 World Junior Championship. The first game of the day pitted Sweden against Russia, while the second featured Canada facing off against Finland.
Photo: Team Sweden goaltender Oscar Dansk stops Switzerland’s Flavio Schmutz in a preliminary round game at the 2014 WJC won by Sweden, 5-3 (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk seems to have taken his game to another level this season in the OHL, as have his teammates. Dasnk's improvement has carried over into the 2014 World Junior Championship, where he is an integral part of Sweden's undefeated run to the tournament's semi-finals.
Photo: Team Sweden forward Sebastian Collberg is stopped by Slovakia goaltender Richard Sabol, but Sweden went on to win the 2014 WJC quarterfinal match, 6-0 (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
While his season with the Frolunda Indians of the SHL hasn't been an offensively productive one, Team Sweden forward Sebastian Collberg is doing at the 2014 World Junior Championship what he has done at previous WJC's, namely generating offense.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Erik Karksson has split his time this season between the Frolunda Superelit team and the SHL club (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Sweden remains perfect after five games at the 2014 World Junior Championship as the team prepares for their semi-final showdown with Russia. The Swedes are in that position by virtue of their convincing 6-0 win over Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Alexander Wennberg is leading Sweden on the scoresheet at the 2014 WJC, picking up three goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the host team for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden has so far avoided the trap of being a highly-favored host that suffers an ignominious defeat at the hands of a weaker opponent. But the stakes get a little higher for the Swedes with the end of the preliminary round and the start of the playoff round, which sees them facing plucky Slovakia in their quarterfinal match.