WJC roundup: Broberg helps lead Sweden to win against Czech Republic


Saturday is the second day of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.


Day 2 games

Sweden 7, Czech Republic 1: Philip Broberg (Edmonton Oilers) had three assists and Sweden extended its winning streak in the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship to 53 games with a victory against the Czech Republic in Group B on Saturday.

Sweden (1-0-0-0) broke a tie during a 6:57 span in the second period when forwards Albin Sundsvik (Anaheim Ducks) scored a power-play goal, Emil Heineman (Florida Panthers) scored shorthanded and Theodor Niederbach (Detroit Red Wings) scored an even-strength goal. Broberg, a defenseman, assisted on each.

The streak includes 46 wins in regulation, three in overtime and four in a shootout. Sweden’s most recent loss in the preliminary round was 3-2 in overtime against the United States on Dec. 31, 2006. 

Forward Jan Mysak (Montreal Canadiens) gave the Czech Republic (0-0-0-1) a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 10:14 of the first period. Sweden tied the game on a goal by forward Arvid Costmar (Vancouver Canucks) 32 seconds later. 

Forwards Elmer Soderblom (Red Wings), Oscar Bjerselius (2021 NHL Draft eligible) and Noel Gunler (Carolina Hurricanes) each scored in the third period.

Goalie Hugo Alnefelt (Tampa Bay Lightning) made 19 saves for Sweden. Nick Malik (2021 draft eligible) made 22 saves for the Czech Republic.

Sweden forward Simon Holmstrom (New York Islanders) had two assists.

On tap

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Germany vs. Canada (6 p.m. ET) — Germany will use the same nine forwards and five defenseman it used against Finland on Friday as several players remain in quarantine. Canada reconfigured its lines at practice Friday and likely will start with a top line of Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals) centering left wing Cole Perfetti (Winnipeg Jets) and right wing Peyton Krebs (Vegas Golden Knights).

United States vs. Austria (9:30 p.m. ET) — The United States will look to bounce back from its loss to Russia with a game against Austria, which is playing at the top level of the World Juniors for the first time since 2010. Marco Rossi, selected by the Minnesota Wild with the No. 9 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, is expected to center their top line.


Quick links

World Junior Championship predictions 

Group A preview

Group B preview

World Junior Championship rosters

Tournament schedule

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