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January 06, 2015

Slovakia Beats Sweden For Bronze At 2015 WJC

In the bronze medal game of the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships resilient Slovakia upset Sweden to take third place.

The Slovaks were paced by another strong performance by crowd favorite/goaltender Denis Godla and three assists from Martin Reway, giving the Slovaks a 4-2 win. It was Slovakia's second medal in the World Junior Hockey Championship history.

Sweden looked disinterested early as Slovkia jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period. David Soltes and Mislav Rosandic scored just 39 seconds apart.

Sweden knotted the score before the end of the first frame thanks to William Nylander and Jens Looke.

The second was a scoreless stalemate, but the table was set for the third when Julius Bergmann was assessed a five-minute major penalty at the end of the 2nd.

Slovakia looked anything but dangerous for the first three minutes but Pavol Stalicky struck for what proved to be the winning goal.

Patrik Koys added an empty netter.

Godla was named Slovakia's player of the game to the delight of the crowd, who chanted his name following his semifinal performance versus Canada.

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