Day 5 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Day 5 went like this...

Slovenia vs. Germany

Germany entered this game hoping to go 3-0 for the first time since 1930. They fell behind early when Ziga Jeglic made it 1-0 Slovenia, and then 2-0 when Rok Ticar scored. Germany’s Michael Wolf would make it 2-1, the result of Slovenia taking a Too Many Men call. Felix Schutz would tie the game at deuces in the third period. Overtime solves nothing, and a shootout was needed, and it went 8 rounds, with David Rodman (Slovenia) and Patrick Reimer (Germany) each scored in Round 4. Frank Hordler would score the winning goal in the 8th round, capping off a comeback in which Germany fell behind 2-0.

Canada vs. Switzerland

Two teams, each with undefeated records (Canada entered with 2 regulation wins, Switzerland a regulation win and an OT win), battled for first place in their group. The Swiss would open the scoring when Raphael Diaz fired a weak one past James Reimer, making it 1-0. Midway through the second, Canada’s Jordan Eberle, a hero in the 2009 World Juniors in Ottawa, ties the game, and later would take a 2-1 lead when John Tavares scores. Matthias Bieber (no connection to the Canadian-born international recording star Justin Bieber as far as I am aware) misses on his penalty shot, but Felicien du Bois would tie the game 2-2. With a little over 3 minutes left in regulation, Chris Stewart would restore Canada’s 1-goal lead, but with under 90 seconds to go, Andres Ambuhl would tie it up, forcing overtime. With 46 seconds left in the extra frame, Alex Pietrangelo would score the winning goal, giving Canada the 4-3 OT decision, and a record of 2 regulation wins, 1 OT win, and no losses of any kind, and winning their group.

Russia vs. Slovakia

It only takes 58 seconds for Alex Radulov to open the scoring for the Russians, but 30 seconds later, Slovakia would respond on a goal by Miroslav Satan. Russia would make it 2-1 late in the period when Ilya Nikulin scores. Marian Gaborik would tie the game 2-2, and less than 2 minutes later, Ladislav Nagy would give the Slovaks their first lead of the game, but it also saw Evgeni Nabokov leave the game. I do not know if he was injured or if he was just pulled. He was replaced in net by backup Konstantin Barulin. Russia would tie it late in the period when Nikulin gets his second of the game. Alexei Morozov would give the Russians a 4-3 lead in the third, and with time running out, Slovakia went with 6 attackers. No further scoring takes place, and Russia hangs on for the 4-3 win.

France vs. Belarus

Both France and Belarus entered without a win. At the end of the game, one of them would be victorious. Sacha Treille would score first for France, and nearing the halfway point of the third, Andrei Stas of Belarus would miss on the penalty shot, but Sergei Demagin would tie it up at 15:32 of the period. Just 46 seconds into overtime, Kevin Hecquefeuille would score the winning goal, giving France the 2-1 OT win.

The final day of opening round action will feature Denmark vs. Latvia, Austria vs. Norway, Finland vs. the Czech Republic, and Sweden vs. the United States.