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Frodl wins bronze for Czech
The bronze medal game was largely Swedish control, but one thing stood in the way of a Swedish bronze medal; the Czech goalie Dominik Frodl.
Sweden started slowly and quickly fell into a 3-0 deficit. It took almost 19 minutes of gameplay before Sweden got on the scoreboard through Alexander Olsson. It began a spell of Swedish puck control that lasted almost uninterrupted for the remainder of the game. Rasmus Dahlberg-Karlsson made it into a one-goal-game in the third period and Sweden continued to pressure.
The story of the game has to be the heroics of Frodl in goal. Sweden peppered the Czech goal with quality shots but nothing seemed to get through. Frodl stopped 32 of the 34 shots on goal and stood up to the relentless Swedish pressure. The difference between the two teams today was that the Czechs made the most of their few opportunities with clinical accuracy.
The Czechs restored their two-goal-cushion after 42 minutes on power play and as Sweden tried to claw back the deficit, the Czechs added one more tally into empty net on the last second of the game.
Final score 5-2 for Czech Republic who go home with the bronze medals. The young Swedish team played with admirable maturity and determination throughout the tournament. The spirit of sportsmanship was also self-evident. Players and managers from various teams commented on how Team Sweden has transformed. "Nice guys" was very much the consensus and theme of the tournament. Team Sweden can be proud to have spread goodwill through the sport of inline hockey and the crowd chanting Sweden during the bronze game is a testament to that.