Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson scored two power play goals and assisted on an empty net goal as Sweden defeated Finland, 3-0, Saturday to advance to the gold medal game at the World Championship.
“I thought we played really good today,” Eriksson told IIHF.com. “We got some important goals on the power play, in the third period we kept them out of our zone pretty good and our goalie (Jhonas Enroth) played really good for us. We played a really good team game.”
Sweden will play Switzerland for the gold medal on Sunday.
Sweden opened the scoring at 10:33 of the first period. With the Swedes on the power play, Henrik Sedin put a shot on net from the right circle and it deflected off Eriksson’s leg and into the net.
Eriksson scored again on the power play at 16:13 of the second, taking a pass from Henrik Sedin and tallying on a wrist shot from the slot to make it a 2-0 game.
Eriksson set up Sweden’s final goal, which came with Finland’s net empty. Eriksson forced a turnover along the boards and backhanded the puck to Henrik Sedin, who scored from the neutral zone with 23 seconds remaining to make it a 3-0 final.
Eriksson played on a line with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, logged 21:13 of ice time, had seven shots on goal and was a plus-one.
Through nine games, Eriksson leads Sweden in goals (4) and points (9).
Switzerland tops USA, 3-0
Reto Berra stopped 29 shots and Nino Niederreiter registered a goal and an assist as Switzerland defeated the USA, 3-0, to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game at the World Championship.
Switzerland, which has won all nine of its games at the tournament, has never won a gold medal at the World Championship. The Swiss will get at least a silver medal this year, which will be their first since taking a bronze in 1953.
Saturday’s Semifinal results
Sweden 3, Finland 0
Switzerland 3, USA 0
Sunday’s medal games
Bronze: Finland vs. USA, 9:00 a.m.
Gold: Switzerland vs. Sweden , 1:30 p.m.
Here are the statistics for the Dallas Stars players taking part in the World Championship.