Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sweden beats Russia in world junior hockey final

Sweden has advanced to the finals of the world junior hockey championship after defeating Russia 3-2 in a shootout.

Sweden, the defending champions, will play the United States for gold on Saturday. The Americans beat Canada 5-1 in the early semifinal. Russia will host Canada to compete for the bronze, Leader-Post reports.

Sweden's Sebastian Collberg scored the only goal in the shootout, which followed a scoreless overtime session.

Sweden dominated in the first period, with Elias Lindholm and Filip Forsberg helping give the visiting team an early lead. Andrei Mironov, though, cut the deficit in half during the second period. Mikhail Grigorenko tied the game midway through the third.

Niklas Lundstrom made 27 saves for the victory. Andrei Vasilevski, meanwhile, blocked 38 shots for the Russian team, according to Leader-Post.

In a relegation round match, Slovakia beat Latvia 5-3.