2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 11 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 11 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 47: Belarus vs. France (Helsinki)

Alexei Kalyuzhny would put Belarus up 1-0 at 8:15 of the opening period. Kevin Hecquefeuille would tie the game up for France at 17:17 of the second, but for some reason, starter Vitali Koval left the game and was replaced by Dmitri Milchakov, and instantly became the goaltender of record on the Belarus side. With under 2 minutes to go in regulation, Yohann Auvitu would score for France with 1:17 remaining. Belarus promptly pulled their goalie in the hopes of tying it up, but were unable to capitalize on the 6-on-5. France hangs on for the 2-1 victory, and outshot the Belarus squad 32-22.

Game 48: Latvia vs. Denmark (Stockholm)

Just 2 minutes into the game, Denmark’s Jesper Jensen gives a head check to a Latvian player and receives 2 and 10 for the action. 4:48 into the second, Morten Green puts Denmark up 1-0. Morten Madsen would make 2-0 at 15:23. At the start of the third, starting goalie Edgars Masalskis was replaced by Maris Jucers. Latvia, in desperation, pulls their goalie late in hopes of getting on the board, but in the end were blanked by Denmark 2-0. Latvia did outshoot Denmark 35-28.

Game 49: Kazakhstan vs. Finland (Helsinki)

Jussi Jokinen would put the Finns up 1-0 at 4:02 of the second, a powerplay goal. At 11:38, Mikko Maenpaa makes it 2-0 on a 5-on-3. At 17:43, Valtteri Filppula makes it 3-0, and 1:15 into the third, scores again to up the lead to 4-0, this one on a powerplay. Kazakhstan would get one back at 9:03, the goal by Konstantin Pushkaryov, on the powerplay, but it wasn’t enough. Finland wins 4-1. The Finns had 48 shots while Kazakhstan only had 18. Finland had more shots in the opening period than Kazakhstan had the entire game.

Game 50: Italy vs. Russia (Stockholm)

Pavel Datsyuk (yes, that Pavel Datsyuk) gives Russia the 1-0 lead at 10:35 of the first. Semyon Varlamov is not in goal to start the second period, instead it’s Mikhail Biryukov taking over between the pipes. At 4:28, Evgeni Kuznetsov makes it 2-0. At 8:07, Evgeni Biryukov makes it 3-0. 13:38 into the third, Alex Popov makes it 4-0. Varly and Mikhail Biruykov get the shared shutout as Russia takes it 4-0. Final shots are 40-29 Russia.

The final day of Round Robin action (Day 12) features six games, and they are: in Helsinki, Canada vs. Belarus, Slovakia vs. France, and the United States vs. Switzerland, while in Stockholm, Norway vs. Denmark, Czech Republic vs. Germany, and Sweden vs. Latvia.