2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 15 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 15 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki.

Bronze Medal Game: Finland vs. Czech Republic

Petr Prucha would put the Czechs on the board first at 12:17 of the first. Mika Pyorala would respond for Finland at 16:53, but 29 seconds later, Jiri Novotny would put the Czechs back up 2-1. With 53 seconds to go in the period, David Krejci would make it 3-1. No scoring occurred in the second. Jussi Jokinen would score on the powerplay at 9:01 of the third to cut the Czech lead to 3-2. However, Finland could not get any further goals to force the game beyond regulation as the Czechs refuse to bounce and hang on for the 3-2 win, while the Finns were finnished. Final shots were 36-28 Finland.

Gold Medal Game: Russia vs. Slovakia

Zdeno Chara puts Slovakia up 1-0 just 66 seconds into the game. Alex Semin would respond for Russia 3 seconds away from the halfway point of the period. Alex Perezhogin would break the tie for Russia 6:10 into the second to make it 2-1. At 13:31, Alex Tereshenko makes it 3-1. At 15:22, Semin makes it 4-1. 3:55 into the third, Pavel Datsyuk makes it 5-1. 9:37 in, Chara makes it 5-2. Evgeni Malkin would get the last word, making the score 6-2 at 18:02. That’s the final score. Russia outshot Slovakia 42-31.

Award winners are: Evgeni Malkin for Tournament MVP and Best Forward, Jan Laco for Best Goalie, Zdeno Chara for Best Defencemen. More information about the tournament can be found at www.iihf.com.

That is it for this year’s World Hockey Championships tournament. See you next year, this time the roles will be reversed as Stockholm will be the primary host and Helsinki will be the secondary.