The European vice-champions showed classy defensive performance in their first match in 2019. Russia stayed competitive until 3:3, when Koksharov’s team ideas collapsed in 0:10 series of home team.
Niclas Ekberg was TOP scorer for the winning team with 8 goals.
Two teams will meet on January 7 again.
Sweden – Russia 29–18 (14–7)
Sweden : Niclas Ekberg 8, Mattias Zachrisson 4, Jerry Tollbring 3, Kim Ekdahl du Rietz 3, Simon Jeppsson 2, Fredric Pettersson 2, Hampus Wanne, Mikael Appelgren, Jim Gottfridsson, Linus Arnesson, Kim Andersson, Lukas Nilsson & Anton Lindskog all 1.
Russia: Dmitrij Kiseljov 3, Aleksandr Skurinski 3, Gleb Kalaras 3, Timur Dibirov 3, Roman Ostasjtjenko 2, Sergej Gorpisjin, Vitalij Komogorov, Aleksej Fokin & Sergej Mark Kosorotov all 1