PARDUBICE, Czech Republic – Sweden easily won the battle of the northern nations with a 10-1 drubbing against Denmark in U20 action.
Unlike yesterday’s rough start, the Danes started today’s game on a positive note when Morten Poulsen scored just 1:09 into the game giving Denmark their first lead at this year’s U20 World Championship. But the elation lasted for only six minutes when Sweden evened things up at the 7:19 mark and then took the 2-1 lead two minutes later on a Tobias Forsberg goal. From that point, there was no looking back as the Swedes turned on the offensive power with four unanswered goals in the second period.
The onslaught was led by Mikael Backlund who netted two shorthanded goals in the period. It is only the fourth time ever, and the first time in 18 years, that a team has scored two shorthanded goals in one period at the U20 World Championship. Tony Lagerstrom and Robin Figren also scored in the period making it a 6-1 affair and prompting the Danes to replace goaltender Fredrik Andersen with Christian Moeller.
The change did little to stop the offensive strike of the Swedes, who poured in another four goals in the final period including a second tally from Lagerstrom. For the Danes it was another tough lesson in their first appearance at the top level of the U20 World Championship, especially for the numerous players on the squad that play juniors or professionally in Sweden.