2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 3 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 3 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 11: France vs. Kazakhstan (Helsinki)

Kevin Hecquefeuille gets France on the board first while on the powerplay, 8:59 into the game. Nicolas Besch makes it 2-0 at 11:27. Sacha Treille makes it 3-0 at 14:53, also on the powerplay. That forces Kazakhstan to change goalies, replacing Alexei Ivanov with Vitali Yeremeyev. It seems to spark the Kazakhs a little, as Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev gets them on the board at 17:13. 7:49 into the second, Julien Desrosiers puts the French up 4-1. At 9:31 of the second, Sacha Treille receives a MATCH PENALTY for a headshot on Roman Starchenko. (Under IIHF Rules, a match penalty is labeled as 25 PIMs.) Another penalty to France gives Kazakhstan a 5-on-3, and they score. Fyodor Polishuk makes the score 4-2. And then, just 42 seconds into the third, Talgat Zhailauov cuts the French lead to 4-3. At 11:02, Pierre-Edouard Bellemaire gives France the 5-3 lead, and Hecquefeuille seals it on the powerplay, making the score end at 6-3. France outshot Kazakhstan 41-23.

Game 12: Denmark vs. Italy (Stockholm)

Italy jumps to a two-goal lead in the first period, goals coming from Luca Ansoldi at 14:12 and Matt De Marchi 18 seconds later. Lars Eller puts the Danes on the board just 14 seconds into the second period to cut Italy’s lead to 2-1. Jesper Jensen ties it up at 4:42 on the powerplay, and then scores again at 11:53 to give the Danes a 3-2 lead. At 13:56, de Marchi ties it up for Italy. No scoring in the third. Overtime was needed. It turned out to be very quick. Giulio Scandella scores to give Italy the 4-3 victory. Final shots: 35-24 Italy, plus Italy’s lone OT shot was the game winner.

Game 13: Finland vs. Slovakia (Helsinki)

How do you top off a 1-0 shutout victory two days earlier? Score just one goal again and let your goalie do the rest. That lone goal came from Janne Pesonen, scored on a delayed penalty call. That came at 7:32 of the first. Final shots: 26-22 Slovakia.

Game 14: Russia vs. Norway (Stockholm)

Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk gets the Russians on the board first, at 1:21 of the second period. Denis Denisov makes it 2-0 at 7:01. Morten Ask puts Norway on the board at 10:34, a 5-on-3 goal, but Nikolai Kulemin makes it 3-1 Russia at 12:46. Marius Holtet makes it 3-2 Russia at 15:52. Russia would get the game’s final goal, just 40 seconds into the third, scored by Alexander Perezhogin. Final shots were 46-21 Russia.

Game 15: Switzerland vs. Belarus (Helsinki)

Simon Moser scores twice for Switzerland, first at 6:55 of the opening period, and again at 11:57. In between those goals, Alexei Ugarov put Belarus on the board, that coming at 10:26. Konstantin Koltsov would tie the game up 94 seconds into the second. Kevin Romy would put it away by breaking the tie, the winner coming at 7:48 of the third. Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski would be awarded a penalty shot with the chance to tie at 15:24, but missed. Final shots: 35-21 Switzerland.

Game 16: Germany vs. Latvia (Stockholm)

This was Canadian-born Ted Nolan’s second game as Latvia’s head coach. Miks Indrasis puts Latvia on the board first, goal at 11:09 of the first. The lead would go to 2-0 at 3:10 of the second, goal scored by Mikelis Redlihs. John Tripp puts Germany on the board at 4:58, and Kai Hospelt ties it at 12:03. Germany would take the game’s three penalties, all coming in the third, and the last of those three penalties would prove costly. At 12:15, Aleksejs Sirokovs gives Latvia the 3-2 lead on the powerplay, with an assist from Ottawa’s Kaspars Daugavins. It would stand up as the winner and Ted Nolan would get his first head coaching win for Latvia. They were outshot however 37-27. Latvia only had three of those shots in the second period.

Day 4 of the tournament will feature in the Helsinki games France vs. Canada and United States vs. Slovakia, while in Stockholm there will be Czech Republic vs. Norway and Denmark vs. Sweden.