Day 2 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
The second day of action in Slovakia has concluded, and here’s what happened today...
Finland vs. Denmark
Finland came out flying, firing a grand total of 44 shots on Danish goalie Frederik Andersen. Five of them went into the net. After a scoreless first period, the Finns got the first of those goals at 3:57 of the second, Jarkko Immonen, helped along by Jyrki Valivaara. Finland’s next goal came when Juhamatti Aaltonen, assisted by Mikko Koviu and Sami Lepisto, scored. It would become 3-0 just 2:39 into the third when Antti Pihlstrom got help from Mika Pyorala and Petteri Nokelainen. Denmark would get one back when Nichlas Hardt, from Julian Jakobsen and Morten Green, made it 3-1, scored at 7:54 of the period. Later, Mikael Granlund made it 4-1 from Pasi Puistola and Janne Niskala. The last of the Finnish goals came at 14:21 when Tuomo Ruutu scored, assisted by Aaltonen. Denmark recorded just 9 shots.
United States vs. Austria
Fresh off a pretty good season with the New York Islanders, Al Montoya was the starting goalie for the U.S. team, and he did not disappoint. This U.S. squad consists of mostly former college players. 14:42 in, Chris Kreider opens up the scoring, assisted by Mark Fayne (New Jersey) and Derek Stepan (NY Rangers). It became 2-0 a short time later when Blake Wheeler (Atlanta) scores, assisted by Stepan. In the second period, Marco Pewal cut the American lead in half, assisted by Thomas and Michael Raffl, but 4½ minutes later, Yan Stastny (Colorado) makes it 3-1, assisted by Clay Wilson and Cam Fowler (Anaheim). Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis) gets a goal 2:47 into the third, helped on by Nick Palmieri (New Jersey) and Ryan Shannon. Craig Smith would finish the scoring at 16:42 of the period, assisted by Jack Johnson (Los Angeles). Final score 5-1 Team USA.
Czech Republic vs. Latvia
Lauris Darzins (assists to Mikelis Redlihs and Kristaps Sotnieks) scores the game’s first goal, giving Latvia the 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the first. Tomas Rolinek (assists to Jakob Voracek and Martin Skoula) responds with 2:13 to go in the period. 81 seconds into the second, Roberts Bukarts (Armands Berzins, Gints Meija) gives Lativa the 2-1 lead. Patrik Elias (New Jersey, assisted by Martin Havlat (Minnesota) and Milan Michalek (Ottawa)) ties the game at 12:02. Havlat (from Elias) would give the Czechs their first lead of the game only 75 seconds into the third. Roman Cervenka (unassisted) would seal the deal and give the Czechs the 4-2 win over Latvia.
Norway vs. Sweden
Loui Eriksson (Dallas, assisted by Robert Nilsson) opens the scoring for Sweden. Norway equalizes on a goal by Martin Roymark (from Mads Hansen and Morten Ask). Patrik Berglund would make it 2-1, and score again later to make it 3-1. Assists on the second goal by Martin Thornberg and on the third goal by David Petrasek and Magnus Paajarvi (Edmonton). 60 seconds into the second, Ask would make it 3-2 (assist to Mathis Olimb), and later in the period, the game is tied on a goal by Marius Holtet (Anders Bastiansen and Per-Age Skroder). After a chippy first half of the third, which resulted in roughing minors, Eriksson would make it 4-3 Sweden, but Bastiansen ties it at 4, forcing overtime, which solves nothing, meaning a shootout is required. In round 1, Skroder scores, while Eriksson’s shot is stopped. In round 2, Olimb scores, meaning Berglund must score. He misses, and Norway comes all the way back from 3-1 down to win 5-4 in a shootout.