Better late than never, right?
Today is a day I have had circled on my calendar for this year’s tournament. While important round-robin games for both Finland and Switzerland are on tap, the real attention grabber is the late game between Philip Broberg’s Team Sweden and Team Russia. I am going to get more into that a little later in the post but, before that, let's take a look at the other two games first....
The early game was perhaps the most uninteresting of the bunch. An undefeated Finland took on a pesky Slovakian team as they try to remain perfect before tomorrow’s NYE matchup against Canada. The result was a convincing 6-0 win for the Finns as Anton Lundell (FLA) led the team with three points (1-2-3) while Samuel Helenius notched two goals. Finland moves into a tie with Canada for first place in Group A, which sets up a winner takes all situation for tomorrow.
Slightly more interesting is the Germany v. Switzerland afternoon game. The game is currently underway as I type this and it holds some serious implications for both teams. Switzerland is trying to salvage a disappointing tournament in which they have failed to pick up a win thus far. Germany, on the other hand, can clinch a spot in the quarterfinals with a win. The latter looks likely as the Germans currently hold a 3-0 lead in the second period; J.J. Peterka has points on all three goals thus far.
Finally, we come to the headliner of the night: Sweden v. Russia. Broberg will return to the lineup after missing Monday’s game against Austria with an injury. The Russians are playing catchup in Group B after a shocking loss to the Czechs last weekend and this is their last preliminary game. A Russian win tonight will put them in first place, but that will be short-lived as the winner of tomorrow’s Sweden v. USA game is sure to take the group lead. The Swedes have a tough schedule as they take on Russia tonight and an impressive U.S. team tomorrow. No matter who takes the win tonight it will surely be good hockey!
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season thus far and I apologize for the delay in getting the discussion post up! Expect a new edition of Broberg Watch shortly after the Sweden v. Russia game!