Sweden Wins World Championships for the Second Straight Year

Sweden Wins World Championships for the Second Straight Year

Steven Ellis20 May 2018Steven Ellis»
 

For the second time in tournament history, Sweden has won back-to-back World Championships thanks to a 3-2 victory in a thrilling contest against Switzerland in the shootout on Sunday in Denmark.

 
 
 
 

For the second time in tournament history, Sweden has won back-to-back World Championships thanks to a 3-2 victory in a thrilling contest against Switzerland in the shootout on Sunday in Denmark.

The winning goal was scored by Filip Forsberg in the shootout, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson for Sweden and Sven Andrighetto for Switzerland getting the other goals. The shootout victory mimics how they defeated Canada a year ago, giving them three championships in six years.

Kevin Fiala came very close to giving Switzerland the victory with four minutes to go in overtime but didn't get the puck high enough as Anders Nilsson was able to get in the way to block the shot. 

With three seconds left in the extra frame, Adam Larsson's slap shot rang off the post, beating everyone in front, but not the net.

The Swedes found themselves trailing twice in the contest, giving up the first and third goals of the game. Gustav Nyquist and Mika Zibanejad were the two goal scorers during regulation time, while Nino Niederreiter and Timo Meier found the net for the Swiss.

Leonardo Genoni was the star of the game for the Swiss once again, making 30 saves in regulation, including many big stops on Sweden's top players. Anders Nilsson was great at the other end, with 18 stops himself, including a couple of important glove stops.

The loss gives Switzerland their third silver medal in 53 tournaments, giving them 11 medals total. Sweden's gold is their 11th, for 47 medals in 77 years.

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