Andrae's pair lifts Sweden over Austria
by Lucas Aykroyd|12 AUG 2022
With two goals and an assist, Swedish captain Emil Andrae (left) set the pace in a 6-0 triumph over Austria in Group B play at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Swedish defender Emil Andrae lived up to the "C" on his jersey with two goals and an assist, calmly leading his team to a 6-0 victory over Austria on Friday at the World Juniors.

Isak Rosen and Fabian Lysell also shone with a goal and an assist apiece, while Oskar Olausson amassed three assists. Simon Edvinsson and Theodor Niederbach had the other goals for Sweden, which stayed perfect with its second consecutive win.

"It was a better game today," Edvinsson said. "We got up in the offensive zone. We played a lot harder, especially in the second and the third, so it was a good game from our side, an important game to get the offence going."

Swedish goalie Calle Clang, a 20-year-old Rogle Angelholm product who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2020 (third round, 77th overall), made his IIHF debut with a 14-save shutout. Meanwhile, Austrian starter Sebastian Wraneschitz was forced to be his usual industrious self and was named his team's best player afterwards.

Final shots favoured Sweden 41-14.

Austria's Senna Peeters praised Wraneschitz: "He’s a very good goalie and was good today. That’s what we need, especially against a team like Sweden, when we know they’re going to get a lot of shots. When you have a goalie like him behind you, it’s always a good feeling."

It was a significantly improved effort for Swedish coach Tomas Monten’s group, which beat Switzerland 3-2 in their opener, but allowed their underdog opponents to claw their way back into the game with two third-period goals.

"It was nice to get a controlled win," Rosen said. "We played much better today than against Switzerland. I haven’t played in a while. I think my last game [before these World Juniors] was in February [due to injury], so it’s nice to get going after a few games."
Austria vs Sweden - 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship
Swedish defender Emil Andrae lived up to the "C" on his jersey with two goals and an assist, calmly leading his team to a 6-0 victory over Austria.
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Every game starts 0-0. The Austrians – thanks to the focused play of Wraneschitz – at least managed to keep it that way until 12:57. Edvinsson drew first blood with his first career World Junior goal. The towering Swedish assistant captain stepped into a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that blew past the Austrian goalie.

Minutes later, Olausson nearly doubled the lead, ringing a shot from the blue line off the cross bar. Wraneschitz was under siege. First-period shots were 21-3 for Sweden.

"The big difference today was that we had better talk," Edvinsson said. "In the dressing room, on the ice, we talked, and that helps. It makes a difference."

Life wasn’t about to get any easier for Austria. Just 59 seconds into the second period, Rosen made it 2-0 on the power play, sneaking in back door to convert Lysell’s deft feed from the half-wall.

Sweden's patient approach continued to pay dividends. Rosen turned playmaker on the 3-0 marker at 14:35. Under pressure, the Leksands IF forward pivoted on the right-side wall and found Andrae pinching into the far faceoff circle. He launched a high shot past Wraneschitz's blocker.

Austrian blueliner Lorenz Lindner was sent off for hooking, and it took the Swedes just 13 seconds to capitalize on the man advantage. With 4:30 left in the middle frame, Andrae received the puck at the blue line from Jonathan Lekkerimaki and scored again through traffic.

Interestingly, the HV71 rearguard did not get a single goal in 41 total SHL games in 2019-20 and 2020-21, but potted 9 goals in 41 Allsvenskan games last season for the Jonkoping-based club.

In the third period, Clang kept his shutout bid alive by stoning Peeters on the doorstep near the six-minute mark.

"We have a good goalie, so if we can keep them to the outside, we don’t think we’ll concede too many goals," said Rosen. "That’s always the game plan, and we did that well today."

Lysell was awarded a penalty shot for Sweden after he got into the clear and Lindner hauled him down at 8:33. However, Wraneschitz didn't bite on the ensuing forehand deke.

Yet Lysell, a Frolunda-trained Boston Bruins prospect who starred with the WHL's Vancouver Giants last season, got his revenge less than a minute later. Skating along the goal line to the Austrian netminder's left, he tallied on a high bad-angle shot on the short side, making it 5-0.

Olausson set up Niederbach for the sixth Swedish goal with just 26 seconds left. The Swedes celebrated in businesslike fashion at the final horn as "En For Alla For En," the classic Poodles goal song from the 2013 men's Worlds in Stockholm, resounded through the arena.

Peeters took an optimistic view for Austria: "I think we played a better game today. We played harder, a bit smarter. We put more pucks behind them and skated after them. Obviously there is still a lot of room for improvement, but I think we took a big step forward."

The result extended Sweden’s perfect all-time World Junior record against Austria to 4-0. The Juniorkronorna previously won 7-0 on 27 December, 2003, 7-3 on 27 December 2009, and 4-0 on 28 December 2020.
Austria vs Sweden - 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship