2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 5 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 5 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 21: Belarus vs. Kazakhstan (Helsinki)

1:50 into the game, Evgeni Bumagin takes a slashing penalty, which results in a shorthanded goal at 2:32. Goal by Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev makes it 1-0 Kazakhstan. VK would make it 2-0 7:42 into the second. Then, Belarus strikes back. A shorthanded goal by Konstantin Koltsov makes it 2-1 at 8:48. Mikhail Grabovski equalizes at 13:37. Evgeni Kovyrshin would give Belarus the lead 15 seconds later. It would stand up as the winning goal as Belarus completes the comeback and defeats Kazakhstan. Final shots were 32-30 in favor of Belarus.

Game 22: Latvia vs. Italy (Stockholm)

The head coaches in this particular game used to coach against each other in the Ontario Hockey League in the 1990s. Freelancer Paul Romanuk has known them on and off over the years. Ted Nolan used to coach for Sault Ste. Marie while Rick Cornacchia coached in Oshawa.

Latvia strikes first at 18:24 of the first, goal by Ronalds Kenins. Gints Meija makes it 2-0 at 4:16 of the second. Oskars Bartulis makes it 3-0 on the powerplay at 17:54. 43 seconds into the third, Miks Indrasis makes it 4-0. That prompts Italy to change goalies. At 2:31, Krisjanis Redlihs makes it 5-0. Edgars Malsalskis would pick up the shutout. Latvia outshot Italy 35-23.

Game 23: Finland vs. Switzerland (Helsinki)

In a familiar theme from previous games, Finland gets its first goal in the first period. Jarkko Immonen makes it 1-0 Finland at 6:30. That’s where everything deviates. Andres Ambuhl would tie the game up for Switzerland at 5:44 of the second. At 6:05, Leo Komarov would give Finland the lead back. Score now 2-1. Immonen would make it 3-1 at 16:45. Roman Wick would get one back for Switzerland at 17:44. A powerplay goal when Jesse Joensuu received a head checking minor and 10-minute misconduct. Detroit’s Valtteri Filippula would make it 4-2 at 9:46 of the third. He would strike again at 11:56 to make it 5-2. That’s the final score. Finland was outshot 28-26.

Game 24: Russia vs. Germany (Stockholm)

With 9 seconds to go in the opening period, Nikolai Zherdev puts Russia on the board. The only other goal would come from Alexei Tereshenko at 10:35 of the third. Final shots: 30-26 Germany.

Day 6 action has Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan and Canada vs. Switzerland in Helsinki, and Norway vs. Italy and Sweden vs. Germany in Stockholm.