Holtz scores in OT to give Sweden world juniors win over Finland

Alexander Holtz of Sweden, left, shoots against goalkeeper Justus Annunen of Finland during the World U20 Ice Hockey Championships Group A match between Sweden and Finland in Trinec, Czech Republic, Thursday Dec. 26, 2019. (Vladimir Prycek/CTK via AP)

TRINEC — Alexander Holtz scored in overtime after Nils Hoglander potted a lacrosse-style goal from behind the net in regulation as Sweden edged the defending gold medallists.

Samuel Fagemo rounded out the offence for the Swedes (1-0-0) in their Group A opener. Hugo Alnefelt had 23 saves.

Patrik Puistola and Kristian Tanus had goals for Finalnd (0-0-1). Justus Annunen stopped 45-of-48 shots.

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