Anders Bjork scored two goals for the Americans, as did Ryan Donato and Matthew Tkachuk, who also collected an assist. Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves.
“We played a good game today and overall a strong tournament so it’s definitely something to be proud of,” Bjork said.
“I think we had a pretty good tournament, we came here to win gold, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Bronze, I guess, is the third best thing. Better than going home empty-handed,” Nedeljkovic said with a laugh.
It was Sweden’s biggest margin of defeat in a medal game.
“We didn’t give Felix a chance, the whole team simply folded. I don’t know what happened, I just think the whole team gave up,” said Swedish defenceman Marcus Pettersson.
“I don’t know… don’t know what to say. They were better,” said his teammate Dmytro Timashov.
Team USA coach Ron Wilson and Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg had chosen different strategies as far as selecting a goaltender was concerned. Wilson sent Alex Nedeljkovic back out between the pipes while Gronborg gave the nod to backup Felix Sandstrom.
While both teams were surely disappointed after their semi-final losses, they also had no trouble finding motivational tools to get up for the bronze medal game. The Swedes, for one, could just look back at last year’s bronze medal game which they lost to Slovakia with half the team returning to this year’s tournament. They were out to redeem themselves.
“It shouldn’t be difficult at all to motivate yourself to play. It’s an honour to be able to wear the USA jersey. I was happy that we were able to come away with a win,” Nedeljkovic said.