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Team Sweden Edges Harvard Men's Hockey, 2-1, in Exhibition

Grimshaw tied the game in the final minute of the first period (photo courtesy Jim Rosvold).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Ludvig Rensfeldt scored the game-winning goal on a second-period power play as the Swedish National Under-20 Team defeated Harvard, 2-1, in an exhibition Monday night at Bright Hockey Center.

Kyle Richter made 25 saves and Ryan Grimshaw scored for Harvard. Johan Gustafsson recorded 27 saves for the visitors. The Crimson owned a 28-27 shots advantage.

The Crimson played a strong first period, dominating play in the Sweden zone for long stretches. It was the Swedes, however, who got on the board first, when Dennis Everberg buried the rebound after Johan Sundstrom's point shot nearly 14 minutes into the game.

Grimshaw evened the score in the final minute of the period. He converted a rebound shot after Stockholm native and Crimson sophomore Alex Fallstrom took a pass from Marshall Everson and put a shot on net. Harvard held a 15-5 shots edge in the period.

Sweden took advantage of five second-period penalties by Harvard and grabbed the lead with a power-play goal. Rensfeldt's game-winner from high in the zone found its way through traffic before bouncing off a body and past Richter at 13:11 of the second. Richter made 13 second-period saves, including seven on Sweden power plays. The Crimson killed off a 20-second two-man advantage for the Swedes, who outshot Harvard by a 14-6 count in the period.

Harvard moved the puck well on three two full and three partial power plays in the third period, but Gustafsson made several tough stops. Perhaps the most impressive save came on a Daniel Moriarty one-timer from the slot. Sweden had two abbreviated power plays of its own in the third period and held an 8-7 shots edge.

The exhibition game was Harvard's final tuneup for its season-opening games against No. 15 Union and No. 18 Rensselaer Friday and Saturday. Team Sweden continues to prepare for this winter's World Junior Championship by visiting Merrimack Tuesday.