Double digits for Sweden
Outclasses Latvia and wins 10-1.
Sweden won their third straight game by beating Latvia 10-1. The first period was extremely onesided and Sweden scored five goals on 26 shots on goal. After 2-0 at 9:15 Latvia took a time out that didn't help and after 3-0 Latvia's goalie Raimonds Ermics was replaced after making 14 saves on 17 shots. Latvia's first shot of the game came after 19:53 and unfortunately for the Swedish goalie Mark Owuya the shot went in. Owuya had no chance to make his first save of the tournament when Jekimovs scored on a 2 on 1.
In the second period Sweden lost pace and concentration and only scored one goal. Owuya did a great save and on the counter attack Simon Hjalmarsson did no mistake. But the Swedes were hungry for more and quickly made it both 7-1 and 8-1 at the beginning of the first period. At the end the final score was 10-1. Magnus Svensson Pääjärvi scored two goals and made two assists and was Sweden's best player. In Latvia the goalie Nauris Enkuzens did several specatural saves and saved Latvia from a even bigger loss.
Sweden will play Russia for the group win and a place in the semi finals on new years eve while Latvia still has Finland left to play in the group stage.
Latvia - Sweden 1-10 (1-5,0-1,0-4)
0-1 (2:13) Mattias Tedenby (Petersson, Karlsson) PP
0-2 (9:15) Magnus Svensson Pääjärvi (Hjalmarsson, Andersson)
0-3 (13:42) Andre Petersson (Tedenby, S.Erixon)
0-4 (17:39) Svensson Pääjärvi (Hjalmarsson)
0-5 (19:10) Nicklas Lasu (Carl Gustafsson)
1-5 (19:53) Roberts Jekimovs (Ozolins, Straupe)
1-6 (26:31) Simon Hjalmarsson (Andersson)
1-7 (40:33) Joakim Andersson (Svensson Pääjärvi, Karlsson)
1-8 (41:33) Erik Karlsson (Möller, Hedman) PP
1-9 (48:31) David Ullström (Torp, Petersson) PP
1-10 (49:18) Lasu (Rundblad, Ekblom)
Shots: 11-61 (1-26,3-14,7-21)
Story added on 29th December 2008 at 22:13 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.