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IIHF WJC Game Recap: Team Sweden vs. Team Denmark, Ollas-Mattsson Notches First Point

With a deflection off a teammates skate, Adam Ollas-Mattsson earned his first point during the WJC.



Team Sweden took on Team Denmark in a shutout that was probably expected. Adam Ollas-Mattsson was another shining example of Sweden defense in this one-sided 5-0 win.

With 13 seconds gone in the first period, Denmark barely had time to take a focused breath before Sweden opened the scoring. It was a Swedish shooting gallery throughout most of the first period, Denmark having a problem clearing the puck. With another Sweden power play goal, the score was 2-0 going into the second period.

Ollas-Mattsson notched his first point during the middle period against Denmark when he shot the puck from a wide angle and it deflected off his teammates skate and into the net. It was 3-0 for Sweden after 40 minutes.

That would be the only point that Ollas-Mattsson would earn during the game, but the oversized defender worked hard against the Denmark offence. He stood tall on the blue line, defending his goalie against the chippy Denmark team. The score was 3-0 Sweden after the second period.

Many of the opposition attempted to hit Ollas-Mattson into the boards but they barely made him budge, let alone knocked him off his feet. He is absolutely solid, but his biggest weakness is that he can't seem to skate as fast as some of the other players. Because he's only 19 years old and not yet playing at the NHL level, there's still time for him to hone on his footwork skills. Sweden would go on to win this game 5-0 with 48 shots on net.

Denmark's goalie was a shot-blocking king as he stopped 43 of 48 shots while his team could only generate 8 shots on the Sweden netminder.

by Traci Kay