International Ice Hockey Federation

Sweden sets up showdown

France in trouble after 7-0 pasting

Published 09.01.2016 16:01 GMT-5 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Sweden sets up showdown
ST. CATHARINES, CANADA - JANUARY 9: Sweden's Ebba Beglund #3 skates with the puck while France's Eleonore Huguet #15 chases her down during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Sweden handed France its second crushing loss in as many days, defeating the former Division I team by an easy 7-0 count.

Ellen Jonsson earned the shutout by stopping just 13 shots.

The Swedes were led by Emma Muran, who had two goals and an assist, and Sofie Lundin, who had a goal and two assists.

Kasja Armbrog got the first goal just 51 seconds into the game to deflate the French right from the gate, and although they had two power plays later in the period, they could cause no damage.

Celine Tedenby made it 2-0 before the end of the first period, and the Swedes added three more in the second to pull away.

The loss leaves France 0-2 so far. It needs to beat Switzerland on Monday to have a chance for the playoffs. Failure to do so will result in moving to a best-of-three Relegation Round series.

The Swedes, meantime, are now 1-1 and lead Group B with six points. A win will gain the team entry into the playoffs; a loss will leave them vulnerable to other results.