Blue 'n' golden

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

The Calgary Airport Authority is likely going to have their hands full today when Team Sweden rolls through its metal detectors.

However, it won't take long for customs officials to find the source of the problem, as the Swedes will no doubt be proudly displaying their new gold medals.

Team Sweden capped off a perfect week yesterday as they defeated the Saskatoon Contacts 3-2 to claim their country's first Mac's Cup in front of about 8,000 fans at the Saddledome.

Captain Oscar Moeller scored two goals for the boys in Blue and Gold, the last one being the winner.

"This feels really good," said Moeller in between celebrations with his team. "Every goal we got tonight seemed to give us more energy to keep going and do our jobs. I got lucky on both those goals. It bounced off the goalie on the first one and the second one I got a really good pass from Mikael (Backlund). That one was pretty good, I guess."

As they have done all week long, the Swedes came out strong, outshooting Saskatoon 17-3 in the first period.

While Sweden continued to generate offence in the first two periods, their blueliners did an excellent job keeping the Contacts' forwards in check. That is until Swedish rearguard Alexander Deilert dragged down forward Scott Zurevinski on a partial break, which resulted in a penalty shot.

With Sweden in command and leading 2-0, Zurevinski went five-hole on goalie Mark Owuya after losing the puck for a brief moment.

That goal gave the defending champions some momentum but it wasn't enough, as Backlund -- the tournament's MVP -- fed Moeller in front, who beat 'tender Garrett Zemlak five-hole to sink the Contacts.

Saskatoon coach Jim McIntyre said they learned some things about themselves yesterday but weren't necessarily unhappy about their play.

"I was pretty pleased with the way the boys played," he said. "I think they were a better team than we were. They can pass the puck better and skate better. This gives us something to build on now. We tried some new systems here and I think they worked fairly well but it broke down a couple of times. They were able to adjust to it, though, and we'll build on it when we get home."

Swedish coach Lars Lindgren said the strong start was key.

"We played great in the first half of the game but then they started coming on. They are a strong team because some of the guys are older and bigger than us but it was a really, really good effort.

"It was a good game. It was good that it was a close one, too."

Joakim Andersson opened the scoring early in the middle stanza for the Swedes. Nick Kalnicki scored Saskatoon's other marker.


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