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Sweden drops Semis shootout, will face Germany for bronze

Oilers prospect Omark gets assist & lone Swedish shootout goal in 3-2 loss

Saturday, 22.05.2010 / 11:23 AM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Jen Sharpe  - edmontonoilers.com
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Sweden drops Semis shootout, will face Germany for bronze
Oilers prospect and Swedish forward Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson battles for the puck behind the Czech net during the World Championship semifinal game May 22, 2010 in Cologne, Germany. The Czech Republic won 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Matthew Manor / HHOF/IIHF Images)
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With the gold medal game within reach, Oilers prospects Linus Omark and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson continued their impressive World Championship run in Germany Saturday.

The duo joined Team Sweden in a semifinal battle vs. the Czech Republic, but despite strong efforts during the game and a creative shootout goal from Omark after the allotted time, the Czechs progressed with a 3-2 win.

The semifinal showdown started strongly for the Swedes. 8:29 into the game, Omark helped Johan Harju beat Tomas Vokoun on the powerplay to give the Tre Kronor a 1-0 lead.

Czech forward Tomas Mojzis evened it up nine minutes later, but in the second period, Sweden's Andreas Engqvist renewed the Swede lead.

Trailing by a goal and nine shots after 40 minutes, the Czechs pulled up their boot straps in the final frame. Desperation set in as the seconds ticked down, and with Vokoun watching from the bench, Karel Rachunek made it 2-2 with only eight seconds left in regulation.

The Czech Republic outshot Sweden 7-2 in the 10-minute overtime, but goalie Jonas Gustavsson kept gold medal hopes alive for Sweden.

Swedish defenceman and captain Magnus Johansson opened up the shootout with a failed attempt on Vokoun, which Lukas Kaspar countered with a goal.

Then it was Omark's turn in the breakaway relay, and after skating in and faking a slapshot, the 23-year-old made it look easy by snapping the puck past Vokoun.

Unfortunately for Sweden, Jan Marek's successful shot and Tony Martensson's missed attempt combined to give the Czechs a 3-2 shootout win and berth in Sunday's gold medal game. Their opponent will be Russia, who recovered from an early German goal to win their 27th straight Worlds game in the other semifinal. Sweden will play Germany for bronze at 8:15am MT Sunday.




MEDAL GAMES SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Sunday, May 23:


Bronze Medal Game
Sweden
vs. Germany/Russia -- 8:15am
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Gold Medal Game
Czech Republic vs. Germany/Russia -- 12:30pm
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Saturday, May 22:


Czech Republic 3 - Sweden 2 (SO)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

======END OF SEMIFINAL ROUND======

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Thursday, May 20:


Sweden 4 - Denmark 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Russia 5 - Canada 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

QUALIFICATION ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Friday, May 14:


Canada 12 - Norway 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 4 - Latvia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

Sweden 3 vs. Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:


Czech Republic 3 - Canada 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 5 - Switzerland 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

RELEGATION ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Saturday, May 15:

USA
10 - Kazakhstan 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

USA 4 vs. France 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

USA 3 - Italy 2 (SO)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

======END OF RELEGATION ROUND======

PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Friday, May 7:


Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 8:

Canada
5 - Italy 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

Sunday, May 9:

Sweden 5 vs. Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 10:

Denmark 2 - USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada 6 - Latvia 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Wednesday, May 12:

Finland 3 - USA 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Switzerland 4 - Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Thursday, May 13:

Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

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