Day 4 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

The fourth day of competition at the World Hockey Championships in Slovakia has come to a close.

Czech Republic vs. Denmark

After only firing 9 shots in their first game, the Danes had to improve on it, having lost their opener 5-1 to Finland. While their shot count increased, they were unable to score at all, the Czech Republic hammering them 6-0. Goals were scored by Michael Frolik (twice), Milan Michalek (twice), Tomas Plekanec (fresh from another good season with Montreal), and Petr Prucha. Patrik Elias failed to score on a late second-period penalty shot.

United States vs. Norway

After defeating Sweden in a thriller two days earlier, Norway hoped to record a win over the United States. It looked like it was going to happen as the Norwegians scored twice in the first period, first by Ken Andre Olimb, and then a shorty by Anders Bastiansen. There was no scoring in the second period. In the third period, Lars Haugen’s shutout bid was broken when Nick Palmieri gets the Americans on the board, trailing 2-1. Almost 4 minutes later, ex-Blackhawks and current Panther Jack Skille ties the game 2-2. Palmieri would add a powerplay goal later on to give the U.S. their first lead of the game, and with less than 90 seconds left, Craig Smith would score his powerplay goal to seal the deal, the U.S. completing the comeback, winning the game 4-2, despite having trailed through two periods.

Latvia vs. Finland

On paper, it looked like Finland would waltz over Latvia. Late in the first period, Jarkko Immonen gets Finland on the board, then in the second period, Krisjanis Redlihs would tie the game for Latvia. Early in the third period, Latvia would take a 2-1 lead on a goal by Herberts Vasiljevs. Finland would respond a little over 10 minutes later when Niko Kapanen made it 2-2. Overtime solved nothing, so a shootout was required. Immonen scored on his first shot, while Aleksanders Nizivijs came up empty. Mikko Koivu would make it 2-0 in the shootout, meaning Lauris Darzins had to score to keep the game going. He didn’t, and Finland would win 3-2 over Latvia in the shootout.

Sweden vs. Austria

Sweden dominated this game. Niklas Persson made it 1-0 with 21 seconds to go in the first. He would add another goal 5:39 into the second, and Edmonton Oilers player Magnus Paajarvi would round out the scoring, making it a 3-0 Swedish shutout over Austria. Final shots were 38-23 Sweden.