2021 IIHF Worlds: Belarus defeat Sweden

24 Мая’21

Belarus edged Sweden 1-0 in the group match of the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Latvia on 23 May, BelTA has learned.

Yegor Sharangovich took a double minor for high sticking early in the game, giving the Swedes a first chance to flex their PP muscles in this year's tournament. However, they spurned the invitation to take an early grip on proceedings, managing just three shots on Taylor's net.

The Belarusians almost snatched a lead in the eighth minute when the puck came to Mikhail Stefanovich all alone at the back door. However, the Yunost Minsk forward took too long to shoot at an empty net and Viktor Loov got back to deny him.

Goalie Danny Taylor secured a shutout in his first World Championship start, defying Sweden and lifting Belarus to victory.

A goal from German Nesterov early in the third period secured a chance for Belarus to beat the Swedes for the first time in nine World Championship meetings.

Belarusian defence that clearly learned from its failings in the 2-5 loss to Slovakia worked really well in the match against Sweden.

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