Swedes Win On Dackell’s Goal With 10 Seconds Left
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Andreas Dackell scored with 10 seconds left as Sweden rallied to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 Sunday in the Sweden Hockey Games for its first tournament victory of the season.
The Czechs needed only a tie to finish atop the four-team standings with a better goal differential than Sweden, the two-time defending champion. With half a minute left, coach Kent Forsberg pulled goaltender Bo Ahl for an extra attacker. The gamble paid off.
Dackell, 23, a member of Sweden’s 1994 Olympic champion team, wristed a shot in heavy traffic outside the crease past goalie Peter Briza at 19:50 that brought the Globe Arena crowd of 10,671 to its feet.
It was the first goal in the tournament for Dackell, who struggled in the first two games after scoring seven goals on the national team earlier this season.
``I got the game-winner (for Brynas) in the Swedish Elite League championship series in 1993,″ he said. ``That was the most important goal of my career, but this was a close second.″
Dackell’s goal capped a furious finish by the Swedes late in the third period. Trailing 0-2, Jonas Bergqvist cut the score at 16:28, assisted by veteran defenseman Tomas Jonsson, one of only three players who have won the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and a world championship. Jan Larsson then tied it 1:26 later.
Jiri Kucera, who plays in the Swedish Elite League with Lulea, put the Czechs ahead just 21 seconds in. Martin Prochazka made it 2-0 with 56 seconds left in the second period.
Sergei Berezin scored three goals to lead Russia to a 7-3 victory Sunday over winless Canada and third-place in the tournament.
Canada, manned by mostly North American minor leaguers and collegians, finished 0-3 in the tournament for the second straight year. Canada, which gave up two short-handed goals to the Russians, also was last in 1994.
Jeff MacLeod and Ryan Johnson, both college players, and Terran Sandwith of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, scored for Canada.
The Canadians fell behind 3-0 in the first period when Berezin scored two of his goals. He scored a power play goal at 15:26 in the third period that made it 7-2.
Denis Afinogenov added two goals for the Russians. Sergei Sorokin and Igor Alexandrov scored the other goals.
Canada, which conceded 20 goals in three games, outshot the Russians 26-22.
Coach Tom Renney’s squad also finished last in the Deutschland Cup in Germany in November, but placed a surprising fourth in the Izvestia tournament in Moscow before Christmas after tying eventual champion Russia.