Star prospects Daniel Ljungman and Albert Sjöberg turned on the light to lead Sweden to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in Red Deer, Alberta on Monday. With the win, Sweden improved to 2-0 in the tournament.
Sjöberg, 18, scored his first goal of the tournament 6:50 into the second period on an impressive individual effort. The seventh round of 2021 chose a loose puck in the neutral zone and made a smart move on the Slovak defender Denis Bakala before he went into the goalkeeper Simon Latkoczy and hit him high block. The goal gave Sweden the lead with 2-0.
Sjöberg ended the match with one goal and three shots in 9:34 TOI.
At the same time, Ljungman, 19, added his second goal without a goal in as many matches to push Sweden’s lead to 3-0 with 1:15 left of the match.
In the fifth round of the 2020 NHL draft, Ljungman led all forwards on Team Sweden with 20:46 TOI. He scored 9 against 17 in matches (53%) and added four shots on goal.
Ljungman brings Sweden together in goal (2) with Detroit prospect Theodor Niederbach through two matches.
Next for Sweden is a date with the USA on Wednesday, December 29 at 20:30 CT.
Stars prospects Mavrik Bourque and Logan Stankoven (both with Team Canada) will meet Austria on Tuesday night at 18.00 CT.
(Photo from IIHF.com)
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