Team Sweden entered their semi-final encounter with archrival Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship feeling confident that they could repay Finland for the Finns’ gold medal win on Swedish ice at this event two years ago.
Instead, for the second straight year at this event, the Swedes find themselves heading into the bronze medal game after dropping a 2-1 decision to Finland at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
2016 draft prospect Rasmus Asplund opened the scoring in the game, directing home his third goal of the tournament to give Sweden the 1-0 lead. But second period goals by Roope Hintz (DAL) and Antti Kalapudas (2016) along with solid defensive play by the Finns prevented Sweden from securing the win.
Dmytro Timashov (TOR) has been a productive player for Sweden at this WJC. He assisted on Asplund’s goal in this game, giving him five for the tournament to go along with two goals. Goaltender Linus Soderstrom (NYI) has had a strong tournament in net, playing in all six games while compiling a 1.42 goals-against average and .947 save percentage along the way. Timashov and Soderstrom sapoke with Hockey’s Future after the loss to Finland, with their comments being captured in this HF video.
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