Day 11 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
6 games make up the final day of qualification. Here they are:
Slovakia vs. Denmark
With no chance of advancing for either team, it was a matter of playing for pride. Denmark would 4:09 into the game on a goal by Mads Christensen. Jozef Stumpel would tie the game halfway through the period. Later on, Miroslav Satan would make it 2-1 Slovakia. No scoring in the second, so off to the third. Just 32 seconds in, Marian Hossa would make it 3-1, and 10:05 into the period, Richard Zednik would round out the scoring, making it 4-1. Slovakia wins by that score. That game was also the last internationally for Pavol Demitra.
France vs. Norway
Norway gets on the board 3:26 in when Per-Age Skroder scores. 26 seconds later, Marius Holtet makes it 2-0. Damien Fleury would make it 2-1, but late in the period, Holtet’s second of the game would restore Norway’s 2-goal lead at 3-1. In the middle period, France scores a shorthanded goal when Laurent Meunier makes it 3-2, but Holtet records a hat trick to make it 4-2, and Norway will make this a rout. Holtet’s 4th of the game makes it 5-2. Sacha Treille receives an elbowing minor and 10-minute misconduct with under 4:00 to go, and a failed penalty shot for France by Kevin Hecquefeuille would result in Norway winning 5-2.
Russia vs. Finland
4:26 into the game, Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin gives the Russians the 1-0 lead. 11 seconds later, Ilya Nikulin makes it 2-0, and Finland replaces Petri Vehanen with Teemu Lassila. Mikko Koivu would cut the Russian lead to 2-1 in the second period, and later on, Janne Niskala ties the game 2-2. No scoring in the third period, and no scoring in overtime, so a shootout was needed. In Round 1, Jarkko Immonen scores first, while Ilya Kovalchuk comes up empty. Koivu scores in Round 2, meaning Alexei Morozov had to score to keep the game going, and he doesn’t. Finland comes back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in the shootout.
Switzerland vs. United States
Craig Smith gets the United States on the board first at 11:01 of the first, but 34 seconds later, Switzerland responds on a goal by Kevin Lotscher. About 2½ minutes later, Raphael Diaz would give the Swiss the 2-1 lead. 66 seconds into the second, Ivo Ruthemann would make it 3-1 Swiss. About 5 minutes later, Ryan Shannon would make it 3-2. Less than 5 minutes after that, Lotscher’s second of the game would make it 4-2 and send Ty Conklin to the bench for Al Montoya. Late in the third, with the goalie pulled, James van Riemsdyk, the latest addition to Team USA after the Flyers were swept by the Boston Bruins last week, pulls the Americans to within one, but after pulling Montoya again, the Swiss would score the empty netter and end up winning the game 5-3. While the Swiss run ends here, the Americans will be in the quarterfinals.
Germany vs. Czech Republic
Tomas Plekanec would get the Czechs on the board just 51 seconds into the game. 58 seconds later, John Tripp of Germany would tie the game. Michael Frolik would make it 2-1 Czechs later in the first. Karel Rachunek would make it 3-1 in the second, then Plekanec’s second of the game makes it 4-1, and Patrik Elias makes it 5-1. Thomas Greilinger would score with 1:34 to go, but that’s all. Czechs beat Germany 5-2.
Canada vs. Sweden
68 seconds into the game, James Neal would get Canada on the board first. Sweden would respond a short time later on the powerplay when David Petrasek scores. John Tavares would make it 2-1. Midway through the second, Mattias Tedenby would tie the game 2-2. Brent Burns would score a powerplay goal in the third to give Canada the 3-2 lead, and that would be your final score. Canada wins.
Tuesday will be a day off and action will resume on Wednesday with the first set of quarterfinal games. Also, all remaining games will be played in Bratislava. Here is the breakdown for the Quarterfinals:
Canada vs. Russia
Sweden vs. Germany
Czech Republic vs. United States
Finland vs. Norway
UPDATE: The schedule has been posted. Here it is:
Wednesday, May 11
Czech Republic vs. United States (10:15 am ET)
Sweden vs. Germany (2:15 pm ET)
Thursday, May 12
Finland vs. Norway (10:15 am ET)
Canada vs. Russia (2:15 pm ET)