SOCHI, Russia – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson's (Sundsvall, Sweden) snipe shot goal in the second period put Team Sweden up 2-0 on Thursday but a third period Switzerland rally ended in a 4-3 loss to the Swiss in the bronze medal match at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. With the loss, the Swedes leave Sochi with a fourth place finish, their second such result in as many Olympic competitions.
The goal for Uden Johansson was a beauty as she ripped a left-handed slap shot from the near side faceoff dot that went bar-down over the Swiss goalie's left shoulder to make it a 2-0 game for her native Team Sweden. She finished the bronze medal game with 13:51 of ice time and two shots-on-goal.
Uden Johansson's goal is her fourth career tally in four international tournament appearances playing for her national team. She has now scored in all four of her international championship experience with two IIHF Women's World Championships (2009, 2012) and two Olympics (2010, 2014). Her tally also represented her seventh career point (four goals, three assists) while playing for Team Sweden.
The game began with Sweden taking an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Michelle Lowenhielm in the first period, a frame that was dominated by the Swedes who outshot Switzerland 10-1 in the first 20 minutes. In the second, Uden Johansson banged home her tally as Sweden held a 2-0 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Switzerland's rally started with a goal from Sarah Benz just 78 seconds in the third and then Phoebe Staenz of Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey rival Yale, tied the game with a power-play goal with 13:47 remaining.
Switzerland then went ahead 3-2 on a goal from Jessica Lutz with 6:17 left in the period before icing the game with an empty netter to make it 4-2. Sweden was able to get one more goal on the board before time expired but it wasn't enough as they fell in regulation, 4-3. Valentina Lizana-Wallner made 22 saves in net for Sweden.
Uden Johansson finished the 2014 Olympics with one goal in six games. She saw a total of 70:42 of ice time with just one penalty and 10 shots-on-goal which was the sixth-most of any Swedish player throughout the 2014 Olympics.
The Bobcats will be getting their two-time Olympian back for her senior season in 2014-15 as she will be part of a dangerous core of Quinnipiac forwards including Shiann Darkangelo, Nicole Kosta, Emma Woods, Nicole Connery, Morgan Fritz-Ward, Meghan Turner and Nicole Brown that will certainly help keep the Bobcats in the discussion as one of the premier national powers.
Sweden Women's Ice Hockey Schedule
- Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 1, Japan 0
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 4, Germany 0
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Russia 3, Sweden 1
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Quarterfinals - Sweden 4, Finland 2
- Monday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Semifinals - USA 6, Sweden 1
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Bronze Medal Game - Switerland 4, Sweden 3
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