Sweden wins in shootout
Switzerland took the Swedes to a shootout in the preliminary round a year ago, and they gave the Swedes just as much trouble this year.
The Swiss came away with the only goal of the first period. Lino Martschini fed Eliot Antonietii in the slot and he beat Joel Lassinantti for the game's opening tally.
It wasn't until the second period that the Swedes were able to tie the game. Mikael Vikstrand set up Sebastian Collberg for a one-timer and he hammered it home on the power play. However, it wasn't long before the Swiss re-gained their lead on a power play of their own. A long shot hit off the crossbar and landed in front of Mike Kunzle who shovelled it in to put the Swiss back on top.
In the third, a long shot by Emil Djuse had eyes and found its way through a crowd and past Melvin Nyffeler to the back of the net.
A scoreless overtime session gave way to a shootout. Swedish coach Roger Ronnber elected to go with Niklas Lundstrom in goal rather than Joel Lassinantti who had played all 65 minutes of the game. The move paid off as Lundstrom stopped each of the three shots he faced. Victor Rask scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Swedes the 3-2 win and the team's second shootout win over Switzerland in as many years.