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Swedes dominate Swiss, 5-1

Group B dogfight continues on Day One

Published 08.01.2016 17:44 GMT-5 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Swedes dominate Swiss, 5-1
ST. CATHARINES, CANADA - JANUARY 8: Switzerland's Vanessa Bolinger #1 looks on as Team Sweden players celebrate after a third period goal during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Matilda Af Bjur and Sofie Lundin each scored two goals to pace Sweden to a 5-1 win over Switzerland in action at the U18 Women’s World Championship.

The win gives the Swedes three points in the Group B standings, tied with Finland, and puts more pressure on the Swiss and French which both hope to avoid the Relegation Round.

Sara Hjalmarsson opened the scoring at 12:11 of the first period, and Lundin got her first goal just two minutes later to make it 2-0. Af Bjur made it 3-0 before the opening 20 minutes was in the books.

Alina Muller got the only Swiss goal late in the game after Af Bjur had made it 4-0, and Lundin closed out the scoring.

Emma Soderberg was the winning goalie, stopping 19 of 20 shots.

Teams swap opponents tomorrow as Sweden plays France and Switzerland plays Finland, two critical games in the race for quarter-finals qualification.