While William Fallstrom may have been the scoring hero for Team Sweden in their semifinal win over Finland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the player that held things together for the Swedes for much of the game was goaltender Filip Gustavsson.
Gustavsson shut the door after Fallstrom scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, allowing Sweden to move on to the gold medal game with a 2-1 victory. Even more impressive was Gustavsson’s first period performance, where he gave up just one goal on 22 shots fired his way by Finland, helping Sweden avoid what could have been a disastrous opening frame. Unsurprisingly, Gustavsson was named Sweden’s Player of the Game for his efforts.
For the tournament, Gustavsson has been just as impressive. In the four games played so far at this tournament, he has posted a goals-against average of 1.50 to go along with a save percentage of .951 while logging all the minutes for Team Sweden. The one blemish on the Lulea goaltender’s record is a loss to Canada in the preliminary round, the team they will face in the gold medal game.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Gustavsson after Sweden’s semifinal win, with his comments being included in this HF video.
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