Austria was defeated 3-1 at the premiere.
But against the Czech Republic there was a much tougher resistance and Tre Kronor ended up at a disadvantage six minutes into the first half. Prior to this, Sweden witnessed the injury of its captain, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, after a shot on the sled. Fortunately for Tre Kronor, Star Hill is back in the second period.
Sweden won after a strong second period
Rasmus Asplund’s 1-1 goal before the remaining seconds of the first half meant it was even after the first 20 minutes of the match.
Emil Bemström put 2-1 into numerical superiority after just over two minutes and then the score slipped. Before nine minutes were up, it was 4-1 on the scoreboard and the Czechs opted for a goalkeeper change.
It’s good to score goals at the start of the tournament. I think we’re playing well, it’s fun to play there, says Rasmus Asplund, who scored the two goals on TV6.
– We don’t give them the same amount of what they make, but they have to make themselves, he continues.
‘Money over them’
The Czech Republic scored a small goal just before the end of the second half, but they came close.
The third period featured two goals and the match finished 5-3 and means Sweden has six points out of a possible six after two games. Next, the UK waits on Tuesday to see Kronor.
– It’s a step in the right direction, I think. I think we play most of the game. I think we ran them over a little bit in the first two and then they came in a little bit in the third. It’s a very good match,” says Emil Bimström in the broadcast.
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