Sweden handed the Germans a 3-1 defeat, to win the bronze
medal at this year’s IIHF world ice hockey championships Sunday in Cologne,
Germany. Jonas Andersson scored twice for Sweden, while Leafs
prospect Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson made 20 saves to assure the Swedes their
second consecutive world bronze.
The Swedes got off to a blistering start, when forward
Magnus Paajarvi Svensson wristed the puck past goalie Dennis Endras after a
piece of good individual. The goal gave Sweden the lead 2:56 into the first
period. The goal was also Svensson’s fifth.
Germany, who were playing their first ever bronze medal
match since ‘92, replied with a series of scoring chances, but couldn’t find
the back of Sweden’s net.
In the second period Sweden still looked dominant and
continued peppering Endras with shots. They outshot Germany 30-14 after two periods. Alexander
Barta evened things up for Germany after he batted his rebound past Gustavsson
with 3:57 remaining in the second period.
Andersson put the Swedes into the lead again 3:57 into the
third beating Endras with a sharp-angled shot between the pads also to notch
his fifth goal of the event. Germany, energized by the 15,900 fans in the stands, went
back on the attack trying to tie the game again, but The Monster was in
complete control. He stopped several consecutive shots in close to secure the
win for his country.
Germany’s coach Uwe Krupp pulled Endras to give the host
team six attackers, with a minute remaining on the clock. Andersson put the
final nail in Germany’s coffin, sliding the puck into an empty net to seal the
deal for Sweden.