Sweden in their seventh final
The story continues. Sweden is heading for the defence of the title of World Champions. In the semifinal battle they defeated Switzerland 3:2 in overtime and will play in the final for the seventh time. The lucky scorer was Karl-Johan Nilsson, who slightly deflected the shot by Henrik Quist at the time 63:18.
The game between Sweden and Switzerland offered a dramatic spectacle. Switzerland opened the score of the game. After Gerber’s shot from the free hit the strong Patrick Mendelin managed to score in front of the goal.
Foto: Ondřej Klíma
But the world title defenders were heading for a turnaround in the score. At the beginning of the second period Martin Emanuelsson finished a nice combination of the second line and scored by a shot from the right wing. Ten minutes later, Magnus Svensson scored from the same place in a power-play.
The Swiss answer came at the end of the second period. During a delayed penalty call of Niklas Jihde, Markus Gerber scored after Antener’s pass by a hard wrist shot.
The third period did not offer any goals. Kimmo Eskelinen was very close to success but his shots from a distance ended only on posts of the Swiss goal. So, the game went into overtime, which was decided by Nilsson’s lucky shot with less than four minutes played.