Day 15 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
Apologies for doing this article later than I wanted.
The final day of the World Championships featured the Czech Republic and Russia playing for Bronze, and Sweden and Finland playing for Gold. Here’s the breakdown of each:
Bronze Medal Game: Czech Republic vs. Russia
3:33 into the game, Roman Cervenka gets the Czechs on the board first. Almost 6 minutes later, Ilya Kovalchuk ties the game up for Russia. 15 seconds later, they score again to take a 2-1 lead on a goal by Dmitri Kulikov. 42 seconds after that, the Czechs tie the game on a goal by Petr Prucha. With almost a minute to go in the period, Kovalchuk gives Russia the 3-2 lead. 2:11 into the second, Prucha gets his second of the game to tie the game 3-3. Cervenka’s second of the game gets the Czechs the lead back halfway through the period. About 4½ minutes later, he gets the hat trick, making it 5-3. Less than a minute later, Vladimir Tarasenko makes it 5-4. Jan Marek makes it 6-4 6:30 into the third. With the Russian goalie pulled, Tomas Plekanec seals the deal scoring into the empty net. Czechs take the Bronze in a 7-4 win over Russia.
Gold Medal Game: Finland vs. Sweden
There was no scoring in the first period. Magnus Paajarvi would get Sweden the 1-0 lead 7:40 into the second. With 7 seconds left in the period, Jarkko Immonen would tie the game for Finland. 2:35 into the third, Petteri Nokelainen would make it 2-1 Finland. Almost a minute later, Niko Kapanen makes it 3-1. Finland wasn’t finished yet. With a little over 3 minutes to go, Janne Pesonen makes it 4-1. 35 seconds later, Mika Pyorala makes it 5-1. With 55 seconds to go, Antti Pihlstrom rubs it in on the Swedes, making it 6-1. Finland wins the Gold Medal with that score. Sweden settles for Silver.
Well, that’s it for the 2011 World Hockey Championships. Next year, Sweden and Finland will serve as co-hosts.