But it wasn’t the medal they wanted – gold. The Erie Otters duo and their Swedish teammates settled for silver after a 3-2 overtime loss to Finland in the gold-medal game.
Heavily favored Sweden (6-1-0) lost for the first time in the tournament when Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen slid around the defense and slipped a shot under Dansk’s pad 9 minutes, 42 seconds into the extra period to secure Finland’s first World Juniors championship since 1998. Finland is the fifth different winner since 2009.
Dansk, the third-string goaltender on Sweden’s silver-medal team last year, finished the tournament with a 5-1-0 record, and ranked second and third overall, respectively, in goals-against average (1.79) and save percentage (.928). Dansk was awarded a Directorate Award as the tournament’s best goaltender.
Ristolainen was named the top defenseman, while Sweden’s Filip Forsberg was named the top forward. Burakovsky, a native of Malmo, was held without a point for the third straight game to finish with three goals and seven points in seven games. Finland (5-1-1) held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in regulation, but Sweden rallied to tie each time. Christian Djoos‘ power-play goal with 9:07 left in the third period forced overtime.
IIHF World Junior Championship recap
at Malmo, Sweden
Semifinals – Saturday
Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)