Hockey

Host Swedes remain unbeaten: world juniors

Jacob de la Rose scored with 2:22 left in the third period to lift Sweden to a 3-2 win over Russia on Tuesday, the final day of round-robin play at the world junior hockey championship in Malmo, Sweden.

De la Rose scores winner late in regulation vs. Russia

Russia's Nikolas Skladnichenko, right, struggles with Sweden's Oskar Sundqvist in their world junior preliminary round game in Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday. Sweden won 3-2 to raise its record to 4-0-0-0. (Ludvig Thunman/Associted Press)

Jacob de la Rose scored with 2:22 left in the third period to lift Sweden to a 3-2 win over Russia on Tuesday, the final day of round-robin play at the world junior hockey championship.

Host Sweden, first in Group B with a 4-0-0-0 record, will face Slovakia in Thursday's quarter-finals while Russia (2-0-0-2) will finish either second or third depending on the outcome of the Finland-Switzerland game later Tuesday.

"It feels really amazing right now," said de la Rose. "It was a great goal for us and we really needed it."

Andreas Johnson and Nick Sorensen also scored for Sweden while and Lucas Wallmark had two assists. Alexander Barabanov and Mikhail Grigorenko scored for Russia.

"I thought we were really close to getting three points in this game," Grigorenko said. "It was 2-2, and Sweden was a little bit luckier than us at the end. I guess we had too many penalties today. We can't really do that against teams like that."

Sweden's Oscar Dansk made 23 saves for the Swedes while Andrei Vasilevski stopped 29 shots in the Russian net.

"Obviously our goal was to win the group," said Swedish captain Filip Forsberg. "Now we've done that. But now the tournament really starts with the playoff games. We have to get ready for the quarter-final here."

Czech Republic 4, Slovakia 1

The Czech Republic clinched a spot in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday in Malmo, Sweden.

David Patrnak, Ondrej Kase, Petr Sidlik and Martin Prochazka scored for the Czechs, who got 31 saves from goalie Marek Langhamer.

"It's Slovakia and against Czech, which is a great rivalry," said Sidlik. "They weren't going to just let us win or play lightly. We started well, and came ready, so we played as we wanted."

Milan Kolena scored the lone goal for the Slovaks while Richard Sabol and Samuel Baros combined for 24 saves in goal.

The Czechs (1-1-0-2) will play the second place team from Group B on Thursday.

The Slovaks (1-0-0-3) dropped to fourth in their group and will have to play host Sweden in the quarter-finals.

The Czechs came flying out of the gate as Patrnak scored 18 seconds into the first.

"I think they had the better motivation because we didn't have to win," said Slovak forward Martin Reway. "We didn't work as hard as we should have, and they got a quick goal."

Switzerland 4, Finland 3 (SO)

Claude Paschoud scored the lone shootout goal to give Switzerland a 4-3 win over Finland in the final round-robin game Tuesday.

Finland (2-0-1-1) finished second in Group B despite the loss and will face the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss (1-1-0-2) finished fourth in the group and will face Canada on Thursday.

Flavio Schmutz, Fabrice Herzog and Nico Dunner scored for Switzerland while Ville Pokka, Aleksi Mustonen and Saku Maenalanen scored for Finland.

Ville Husso, who was pulled halfway through the game, combined with Juuse Saros for 30 saves while Melvin Nyffeler stopped 37 shots in he Swiss net.

Star Finnish defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) and top-line forward Artturi Lehkonen (leg injury) missed their second straight game.

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