Thursday, December 30, 2010

Czech Republic vs. Sweden

Team Sweden (2-0-0-0) faces off against Czech Republic (1-0-0-1) at Niagara University at 3:00 p.m on Thursday afternoon. The Czech Republic looks to beat Sweden and gain 3 points to tie them for second place in the Group B standings. Sweden hopes to push ahead in the standings by winning in regulation to tie Canada for first place in Group B.  Sweden has won two games back-to-back and is looking to continue that momentum by winning their third straight game to remain undefeated.

Through two games, Sweden has received stellar play from goaltender Robin Lehner, who leads the tournament with a 100% save percentage, stopping all thirty shots he faced in the team’s 2-0 victory versus Russia.  Sweden dominated Norway in their first game of the tournament by a 7- 1 score. They are led offensively by their top line, Anton Lander, Gabriel Landeskog, and Patrick Cehlin. This line is proving too much for some teams to handle as the trio combined for three goals and four assists in the Norway game.  Sweden’s forward Cehlin has been dominant through two games and leads the team with two goals and two assists for a four point total. Sweden will need the trio to produce offensively and also need strong goaltending from Lehner to move towards the medal rounds.

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