Roundup : Poland Meets Its Goal, Ties Sweden; Canada Wins
World champion Sweden, which scored 13 goals in its Olympic hockey opener at Calgary, Canada, was limited to a 1-1 tie Tuesday by a scrappy Polish team, which has yielded only two goals to the two powers of the tournament’s A pool.
Polish Coach Leszek Lejczyk admitted that his eighth-seeded team (0-1-1), which had lost to Canada, was playing for a tie. Poland’s back-checking style prevented Sweden (1-0-1) from gaining many 3-on-2 or 2-on-1 advantages.
“They had to play that way,” Swedish defenseman Peter Andersson said. “If they try to play offensive hockey, they’re going to lose by eight or nine goals.” Poland’s goaltender, Andrzej Hanisz, was beaten when he was screened on Anders Eldebrink’s soft shot from the point.
Canada 4, Switzerland 2--Although the fourth-seeded Canadians dominated their game against ninth-seeded Switzerland--they took the game’s first 14 shots and finished with a 45-23 advantage--the Swiss played Canada to a 1-1 deadlock through two periods of the A-pool game.
Not until Gord Sherven scored with 15:04 to play did Canada (2-0) begin to gain control. Goals by Ken Yaremchuk and Marc Habscheid sealed the victory, ruining a stellar effort by Swiss goalie Richard Bucher.
Finland 10, France 1--Fifth-seeded Finland scored four goals, two by Reijo Mikkolainen, in the first 7:18 of the game for the win over the 12th-seeded French.