Photo JC Pinheiro, Hockey Canada Images
Team Pacific vs Team Sweden Dec 31, 2012
This game got off to a bit of a slow start with both teams battling for every inch and exchanging power plays. Later in the period Henrik Tornqvist let go a bit of a weak wrister that found its way past Payton Lee. With a quiet end to the period the first 20 minutes go in the books with Sweden leading 1-0.[sociallocker]
The second started out much in the same way as the first but certainly didnt end that way. Anton Karlsson picked up the puck and wired the puck in for a 2-0 lead. Anton Karlsson then quickly was removed from this period with a 2+10 for checking from behind. This appeared to affect Sweden’s momentum a bit. As we approached the final five minutes of the second Sweden remained in control, however a tripping penalty on a pick in the offensive zone by Emil Johansson. Brycen Martin unloaded a massive one-timer cutting Sweden’s lead to 2-1. Just 1:02 later Ryan Gagnon jumped up in the rush and after receiving a great pass from Tanner MacMaster and put the puck behind goaltender Jesper Eriksson resulting in a tie game. It appeared we were going to enter the intermission with a tie game, but in the final minute Oskar Lindblom pulled off a nice move around a Pacific defender then Gustaf Franzen showed great composure under pressure to pull the puck back and put it in the Pacific net with just 50 seconds remaining in the period giving Sweden a 3-2 lead going into the third period.
In the third the parade to the penalty box ramped up big time. Anything that could have been perceived as a penalty was assessed as such for both teams. This enevitablly lead to a power play goal with just over five minutes left in the third period. Anton Karlsson who played an outstanding game quickly unleashed a wrist shot in the slot giving Sweden a 4-2 lead. Then just 30 seconds later, once again on the power play Sweden struck again. This time it was Oskar Lindblom who banged home a rebound off of a William Nylander shot to stretch the lead to 5-2. Jake Virtanen would show good hands and presense of mind in the slot picking up his own rebound and banging it home to reduce the lead to 5-3. But just 27 seconds later Oskar Lindblom would hear his name called once again, this time on a bit of a soft wrister that found it’s way past Payton Lee. Lindblom’s second on the night would.
HockeyProspect.com Three Stars of the Game
#12 – Reid Duke – Team Pacific
After a moderate performance in the opening game of the tournament, Reid Duke really stepped up his game and was a key contributor for Team Pacific. He shows tremendous work ethic along the boards. Enjoys the physical aspect of the game quiet a bit as he engages on every opportunity he can find. Reid shows adequate vision and very good hands to create several scoring chances on the day. He also was well positioned in the offensive zone making himself available for plays to come to him. It didn’t result in any points in this game, but if he builds on this performance he is sure to start putting his name on the scoresheet.
#18 – Anton Karlsson – Team Sweden
Karlsson is extremely intelligent and has predatory instincts in the offensive zone. He is capable of hanging out in the background knowing exactly when to jump up into positioning making him extremely difficult to contain at times. He has an excellent shot which he can get off very quickly. Karlsson forces a lot of turnovers especially in the neutral zone consistently forcing the play the other direction for Sweden. He was used regularly on the penalty kill and shows great determination for his team. Karlsson is a heart and soul kind of player who can take over the game at time with his intelligence and talent rather than flashy play.
#27 – Henrik Tornqvist – Team Sweden
Tornqvist was more of a factor for his team in this game compared to the game versus Finland. Henrik is a big kid who did a good job using his big frame in front of the net. Tornqvist was good throughout this game and scored a nice goal on a great shot from a tough angle without much room which gave Sweden their second goal. His line was dominant for much of this game. Henrik showed off his good wrist shot a few times during the game. He competed hard a and earns some praise from us for a solid showing.