Swedes Receive "Wake-Up Call"

At the Ice Hockey World Championhips in Canada, Sweden lost their final preliminary group game against Switzerland, 4-2, a shock result which captain Kenny Jonsson described as a ”wake-up call” going into Sweden’s Qualifying Round games against Denmark on Thursday night and against Russia on Saturday.

”They outworked us in every aspect of the game, there was no question about who the better team was,” said Swedish coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson.

Swedish defenceman Niclas Wallin will miss this week’s qualifying games after receiving a two match ban for his hit to the head and neck area of Switzerland’s Roman Wick.

Olympic champions Sweden, ranked Number 1 in the World, are without some of their star names in the tournament, but the squad has been boosted by the news that top goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has received permission from his NHL club the New York Rangers and should play against Denmark.