LEWISTON -- The press seating was nearly filled an hour before game time at Dwyer Arena as Sweden commands an audience.
The Swedes are second in Group B, three points behind an in idle Team Canada today. They face the Czech Republic which is 1-1 and in third place in Group B.
Patrick Cehlin of Sweden ranks fifth in the IIHF World Junior Championship tournament scoring list with four points and is the first non-Canadian on the list.
Check back for updates throughout the game.
Final: Sweden wins, 6-3. The win brings the Swedes in a tie for first place with Canada in Group B. Canada and Sweden face off Friday at 4 p.m. in HSBC Arena.
4:51: Puck drop! Sweden has 1:34 of power play time remaining to start the period.
14:12 left: Sweden takes a 6-3 lead on a goal by Calle Jarnkrok after the Czech Republic had some good scoring chances to open the period.
3:56 p.m.: Puck drop!
15:01 left: With good pressure, solid skating and effective screens in front of the net, Sweden takes a 4-1 lead on a goal by Sebastian Wannstrom.
14:18 left: Another power play tally for the Swedes, and the second goal of the game for Fasth, makes it a 5-1 game. Sweden is now 3 for 4 on the power play today.
11:53 left: Don't count the Czechs out just yet. A strong rush into the Sweden zone resulted in a goal for Martin Frk, cutting the Swede's lead to 5-2.
5:09 left: Frk scores again, this time on the power play with a clear shot just inside in the blue line, to make it a 5-3 game.
End of the second: Sweden leads, 5-3. The Swedes will start the second with 1:34 left on a power play.
3:07 p.m.: Game on!
16:51 left: Czech Republic takes a 1-0 lead thanks to a power play goal by Michal Hlinka, who tipped in a bouncing puck to the right of the Sweden goaltender.
14:07 left: Sweden evens the game on its first power play on a goal by Johan Larsson. Czech goaltender Marek Mazanec made the initial save but lost sight of the rebound to his left.
9:41 left: Still 1-1 thanks to some great saves from Czech goalie Mazanec who kept Sweden off the board on their last power play.
4:01 left: Give a talented offensive team like Sweden power play opportunities and they will cash in. With good puck movement, the Swedes kept solid pressure on the Czechs with Max Friberg getting the goal for a 2-1 lead. Sweden is now 2-for-3 on the power play.
2:51 left: Get the puck on net and good things happen, even if it goes off a skate. Jesper Fasth's goal gives the Swedes a 3-1 lead.
End of the first: Sweden leads, 3-1.
--- Amy Moritz