Slovakia beats Sweden 4-2 to finish 3rd in world juniors
TORONTO (AP) — Pavol Skalicky broke a tie on a power play early in the third period and Slovakia beat Sweden 4-2 on Monday to finish third in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Canada faced Russia in the final Monday night. In the semifinals Sunday, Canada beat Slovakia 5-1 and Russia topped Sweden 4-1.
Slovakia won its second worlds medal after also finishing third in 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“I think the Swedes were disappointed from yesterday’s game and we wanted to win today a little more,” said Slovakia goalie Denis Godla, who made 26 saves.
Slovakia started the third period on a 5-minute power play after Julius Bergman received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for felling Patrik Koys at the end of the second.
David Soltes, Mislav Rosandic and Koys — into an empty net in the final minute — also scored for Slovakia. Montreal prospect Martin Reway had three assists, and Denis Godla made 26 saves.
Soltes and Rosandic scored in a 39-second span early in the first period, and Toronto draft pick William Nylander and Jens Looke tied it for Sweden in the period.
“It feels terrible right now,” said Swedish defenseman Gustav Forsling, a Vancouver draft pick. “If we played our best hockey, we’d beat them every day of the week. So, it’s not good.”