Brawl erupts at end of Sweden's semifinal win over Russia

A referee tries to seperate Russia's Nikita Tryamkin and Sweden's Anton Karlsson during their IIHF...

A referee tries to seperate Russia's Nikita Tryamkin and Sweden's Anton Karlsson during their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship semi-final match in Malmo January 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - The Swedes are a victory away from becoming 2014 world junior champions on home soi

Sweden beat Russia 2-1 in a semifinal Saturday, and will play the winner of the Canada-Finland semifinal in the gold-medal game Sunday.

Russia will play the Canada-Finland loser in the bronze-medal game.

Sweden, who got silver last year and won gold two years ago in Calgary, will try to become the first European country to be crowned world junior champions at home since 1998, when Finland won it in Helsinki.

Does it matter who the Swedes play?

“No, I don’t think so,” Sweden forward Andre Burakowsky said.

“We are playing a hell of a tournament so far, and if the other team is going to beat us tomorrow, it has to play the game of their lives.

“We’re a hell of a team. But Canada and Finland are really good too, so it’s going to be a tough game whoever we play against. I think if we play our best game, we will have a better chance to win.”

Burakowsky had said before the tournament that Sweden, on paper, was better than Canada.

Oscar Dansk made 26 saves for Sweden, the pre-tournament favourite.

“We as a group played well, really solid,” said Dansk, who plays for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. “I thought our defensive play was really good. They kept them to the outside. I was pretty proud of the guys.”

There was a melee that marred the end of the game, but referees Antti Boman and Rene Hradil assessed only minors -- cross-checking to Robert Hagg of Sweden and Nikita Zadorov of Russia, and roughing to Jesper Pettersson of Sweden and Andrei Mironov of Russia.

Pettersson had been in the box serving a minor penalty as the game ended, leading to speculation he could face suspension from the International Ice Hockey Federation for possibly leaving the box early and going after Mironov.


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