Leaf fans and fans of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, are holding their collective breath’s as they await the verdict on William Nylander’s injury.
It appeared from the get-go that the Swiss wanted to play a physical and intimidating game but they seemed to forget that there was a hockey game to be played.
For the Swiss, both defenceman Fabian Heldner and forward Chris Egli were both penalized in the first period for hits to the head (Egli on Nylander and Heldner on Adrian Kempe). Supplemental discipline is almost a given to both at this point.
Following the game Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg accused the Swiss of head-hunting. Swiss captain Timo Meier responded, “We wanted to play physical. Obviously those two hits that happened weren’t on purpose.”
Dmytro Timashov led the way for the Swedes with two goals, while William Nylander, Oscar Lindblom, Rasmus Asplund, Jakob Forbacka Karlsson, Jacob Larsson, and Adam Ollas Mattsson had a goal apiece. Alexander Nylander contributed three assists.
Already missing two top defencemen in Sebastian Aho and Gustav Forsling, losing Nylander for any length of time would be a huge blow for Tre Kronor.
Tino Kessler scored twice and Noah Rod had the other goal for Switzerland. Linus Soderstrom picked up the victory for the Swedes.