International Ice Hockey Federation

Japan gets blanked

Swedes take revenge for last year

Published 29.03.2016 21:40 GMT-7 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Japan gets blanked
KAMLOOPS, BC - MARCH 29: Sweden's Pernilla Winberg #16 skates with the puck while Japan's Nana Fujimoto #1 defends her net during preliminary round - 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Swedish goalie Sara Grahn needed just 16 saves to record a 2-0 shutout over Japan on Tuesday night. It was Sweden’s second straight win in Group B.

The Swedes were happy to beat the Japanese after falling 4-3 to them in a shootout in Malmo to kick off the 2015 Women’s Worlds. Even more importantly, this results puts Sweden in a great position for the quarter-finals.

It was a tense, scoreless game through two periods.

Pernilla Winberg, who led Sweden at the 2014 Olympics with seven points, got her team on the board unassisted just 59 seconds into the third.

Emma Eliasson added a power play marker at 5:33 to make it 2-0. That was all the Damkronorna needed.

Final shots favoured Sweden 35-16.

Japan pulled goalie Nana Fujimoto with under two minutes to play, but couldn’t cash in with the extra attacker. The Japanese are winless through two games.

Sweden will finish its preliminary round schedule against Switzerland on Thursday and the Japanese will face the Czechs.