Day 8 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

All qualification games today. This is what it looked like:

Germany vs. Finland

Germany, heading into the qualification round of the tournament, was undefeated. Finland opens the scoring on a goal by Tuomo Ruutu just 13 seconds into the game. Over 14 minutes later, Andre Rankel ties the game for the Germans. In the second period, Felix Schutz gives the German squad the 2-1 lead, and Kai Hospelt makes it 3-1. Janne Pesonen cuts the German lead to 3-2, and Jarkko Immonen ties the game 3-3. Patrick Reimer gives the Germans a 4-3 lead, and a goaltending change is brought about by Finland, replacing Temmu Lassila with Petri Vehanen. Tuomo Ruutu would tie the game 4-4 with just under 6 minutes to go in regulation, and that brought about overtime, which solves nothing, so a shootout was needed. Immonen misses on his shot in Round 1, and Patrick Reimer scores. Mikko Koivu would score to tie, while Hospelt misses. Mikael Granlund would score for Finland, meaning Michael Wolf had to score to keep the game going, and he did. Reversing the order, Patrick Reimer had a second chance to score, but he misses, and Koivu had a second chance to score, and in this case, get the winner. He gets it, and Finland hands Germany their first loss of the tournament, a 5-4 Finland victory in a shootout.

Canada vs. United States

Next to Canada-Russia, Canada-United States in any international tournament is a very big deal. This qualification round match is every bit of it.

After a scoreless first period, the Americans open the scoring on a goal by Mike Komisarek, just 4:13 into the second period. Brent Burns would respond a little over 3 minutes later. Jack Johnson would score later on, giving the U.S. a 2-1 lead. In the third, John Tavares ties things up, and then less than 2 minutes later, Jason Spezza gives Canada their first lead of the day, up 3-2. Derek Stepan would tie the game almost 6 minutes later, sending the game to overtime, which solves nothing, and they would need a shootout. The U.S. would miss on both their chances, while Canada scored on both of theirs, goals scored by Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash. Canada would win the game 4-3 in the shootout, and the players of the game were Ty Conklin for the U.S., and Jason Spezza for Canada.

Czech Republic vs. Slovakia

The marquee match-up of this year’s tournament. Marek Zidlicky would open the scoring for the Czechs, with under 3:00 to go in the first period. Ladislav Nagy would tie it up 2:54 into the second period. Marty Havlat would make it 2-1 early in the third, followed by a tally by Patrik Elias. With 2:32 to go in regulation, Tomas Surovy cuts the Czech lead to 3-2. Jaroslav Halak leaves the net with 1:19 to go, but nothing further occurs. The Czechs hang on and beat host Slovakia 3-2.

Sweden vs. France

Sweden strikes first 4:34 into the game when Robert Nilsson gets the opening goal, then Oliver Ekman-Larsson makes it 2-0 on the powerplay, and soon after that, Patrik Berglund makes it 3-0. France changes goalies to start the second period, replacing Cristobal Huet with Fabrice Lhenry. No scoring in that period, but Sweden would make it 4-0 5:34 into the third when Staffan Kronwall beats Lhenry. That will be your final score: a 4-0 win for Sweden over France.

Day 9 will have two relegation games and four qualification games. The relegation games will feature Austria vs. Slovenia and Belarus vs. Latvia, while the qualification games feature Denmark vs. Germany, Canada vs. Norway, Finland vs. Slovakia, and the United States vs. France.