2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 14 Recap
Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 14 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki.
Semifinal Game #1: Russia vs. Finland
7:28 into the game, Finland’s Janne Niskala puts his countrymen up 1-0. At 15:33, Evgeni Malkin ties the game up for Russia. With 54 seconds to go in the period, he scores again as Russia takes a 2-1 lead. Almost halfway through the second period, Alex Ovechkin makes it 3-1, and at 17:46, Malkin gets a hat trick to put the Russians up 4-1. Denis Kokarev would make it 5-1 65 seconds into the third, while Sergei Shirokov would make this a 6-1 rout at 8:41. Mikael Granlund, who was a hero in last year’s semifinal vs. Russia by scoring Lacrosse-style to shut them out, gets his first of the tournament at 16:04. Final score 6-2 Russia. Final shots 31-23 Finland.
Semifinal Game #2: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia
Miroslav Satan would put Slovakia up first at 15:52 of the first. Michael Frolik would answer for the Czechs at 10:45 of the second. 56 seconds into the third, with Mario Bliznak in the box for tripping, Satan would score shorthanded to give Slovakia the 2-1 lead. At 4:23, Libor Hudacek would make it 3-1 Slovakia. The Czechs would end up bounced out of the Gold Medal game, as Slovakia wins 3-1. Czechs did have the edge in shots, 37-28.
The Bronze Medal Game on Sunday will feature Finland and the Czech Republic while the Gold Medal Game will feature Russia and Slovakia.