Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ullmark firm as Swedes roll

Linus Ullmark earned the win Saturday as Sweden U20 cruised to a dominating 10-2 victory over the Czech Republic at the Four Nations tournament in Kravare, CZE.

Ullmark, who began the trip serving as backup in the Swedes' 3-2 overtime win over Russia on Friday, went unbeaten for nearly two periods until the Czechs scored off a 5x3 power play with 1:21 left in the middle frame. The 6'3 netminder continued to be sharp when called upon until allowing a goal off a rebound with 4:57 left in the game. Elias Lindholm ('13), Sebastian Collberg (MON), Daniel Zaar (CBS), and Filip Sandberg (undrafted) each potted a pair of goals for the winners. The Swedes play Finland on Sunday to wrap the three-day event.

In Finland, Joel Armia went without a point as Assat defeated SEL opponent Vaxjo 4-3 in overtime. Former Sabres/Amerks forward Mike Ryan scored just 57-seconds into the extra time to corral the victory for Assat. Armia, who has spent most of the summer working on a mandatory military conscript, will now have more time to focus on the season after completing the bulk of his service. The Aces are off until Friday when they battle Ilves.