Canada vs. Sweden (Stockholms-Tidningen), 12-1 (5-1)

26 April 1920

Players: Canada  -  Sweden

Goal keepers:
Walter Byron - Seth Howander

Defenders:
Konrad Johanneson - Einar Lindqvist (C)
Robert Benson - Wilhelm Arwe

Rovers:
Chris Fridfinnson - Einar Svensson

Forwards:
Magnus Goodman - Eric Burman
Frank Frederickson (C) - Hansjacob Mattsson
Haldor Halderson - Georg Johansson

Referee: Joseph McCormick (USA)

Goalscorers
1-0 1.15 Halderson
2-0 1.55 Fridfinnson
3-0 5.20 Frederickson
3-1 15.58 Svensson (Sweden)
4-1 16.00 Frederickson
5-1 17.35 Frederickson
6-1 23.47 Goodman
7-1 28.09 Benson
8-1 29.15 Frederickson
9-1 29.30 Frederickson
10-1 34.55 Frederickson
11-1 36.20 Halderson
12-1 39.02 Frederickson

Everyone expected that Sweden would lose the final. Nobody, not even the Swedes themselves, believed that they would have any chance of winning. This was the reason why they had changed the line-up. "Knatten" Lundell, who had an injured toe, did not play and was replaced by Wille Arwe. Furthermore, Molander, who still was not feeling well, was saved for the more important matches for the silver- and bronze medals. He was replaced by "Stor-Klas" Svensson as rover. Lindqvist started as defender and Mattsson, who was on the team for the first time, played centre-forward. Canada had replaced the magnificent rover Woodman by Chris Fridfinnson.

In spite of the difficult opposition, the Swedes did not play defensively with a wall of players in front of the goal to keep the scoring low. Instead they tried to attack as soon as they saw an opportunity to do so, in the spirit of "attack is the best defense". This meant that the play was not entirely on the Swedish side of the rink, but that it surged backwards and forwards.

The Canadian goalkeeper was also put to work, but the Swedish attacks were far more lame than the Canadian ones, The Canadians scored from time to time, but after 3-0, when the Swedes had began to get a grip of themselves, there was a long period when Canada did not score at all.

"And then the miracle occurred! The Swedes were attacking - they had done so several times before - and the puck reached Svensson who shot from 10 meters distance. The puck just barely touched a player's leg, but this was enough to change its direction so that the goalkeeper did not have time to position himself, but had to watch it entering the goal. An enormous cheer followed this goal, and the American referee McCormick warily watched the ceiling to see if it would stand the trial.

The Swedes thought that this goal was their prime achievement in the tournament. This was the only goal made by a losing team in the entire tournament, but above all it was the only goal any team succeeded in scoring against the outstanding Canadians. Not even the United States had managed to score against Canada. The Canadian goalkeeper was so surprised that he actually fell to the ice in shock. But Canada immediately retaliated. Two seconds after the face-off they scored 4-1. After halftime the Swedes were below by an honorable 5-1.

Canada increased the speed in the second half and they began to play as they had against the United States. But the Swedes defended themselves valiantly and skillfully, and the goalie Howander was excellent. A few minutes into the second half the Canadian defender Johannesson was injured and had to leave the rink. According to the rules, Sweden then had to take one player off the rink, and Mattson was chosen. In the middle of the second half the play began to get rougher. The referee sent one Canadian off - this was the only suspension of the game - and the intensity of the play decreased.

The Swedes considered the final result, 12-1, to be a success. The wings Burman and "Fransman" Johansson were the best players of the team. The latter was brilliant, with a solid defense and beautiful rushes forwards. As previously stated, Howander was excellent, and the two giants of the team, "Stor-Klas" Svensson and "Linkan" Lindqvist, were also very good. Wille Arwe was the best new player and compensated an inferior defense by a good offense. However, Mattson was quite inferior to the rest of the team, and was a disappointment.

After the match the Swedes received much appreciation, not only from Canada, but also from the American team. Canada, who had now played their last match, gave their sticks away to the Swedish players as a memento.
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