Day 9 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships
6 games to report today, 2 of them are relegation matches.
Relegation: Austria vs. Slovenia
With 57 seconds to go in the first period, Gerhard Unterluggauer gives the Austrians the 1-0 lead. 4:15 into the second, Thomas Raffl makes it 2-0. With 3:30 to go in the period, Tomaz Razingar cuts the lead to 2-1, and David Rodman ties it up with 19 seconds to go. Austria would can the Slovenian comeback when Rafael Rotter scores the winning goal. Robert Kristian’s vacating the net in the hopes of Slovenia tying it up did not change the outcome. Austria wins 3-2.
Relegation: Belarus vs. Latvia
In the first period, while on the powerplay, Martins Cipulis scores to give Latvia a 1-0 lead. Another powerplay would lead to another goal, Georgjis Pujacs making it 2-0. Pujacs would make it 3-0 with under 3:00 to go in the period. Belarus would get on the board with 29 seconds to go when Viktor Kostyuchyonok makes it 3-1. Mikhail Grabovski makes it 3-2 just 53 seconds into the second. Aleskanders Nizivijs would up that Latvian lead to 4-2, then go up 5-2 in the third when Cipulis scores again. Kaspars Saullietis would make it 6-2, and the scoring would end with Dmitri Meleshko scoring with only 10 seconds to go in the game. Latvia wins 6-3.
Qualification Round: Denmark vs. Germany
Denmark needed a regulation win to get a shot at the quarterfinals. They get on the board first on a goal by Mads Bodker 8:09 into the game. John Tripp would tie it up at 10:15. Denmark would take a 2-1 lead in the second on a goal by Mikkel Bodker. Germany promptly responded with an Alexander Barta equalizer. 92 seconds into the third, Germany takes their first lead when Kevin Lavallee scores. Denmark ties it with 2:27 to go in regulation on a goal by Nichlas Hardt. After tying, Denmark pulls Frederik Andersen in the hopes of scoring the go-ahead goal while on a 6-on-5. Instead, the teams go to overtime, and then a shootout. It takes 3 rounds, with Mads Christensten scoring first, then Patrick Reimer responds. Mikkel Bodker counter-responds and it’s 2-1 in the shootout. Michael Wolf had to score. He doesn’t, and Denmark wins the game 4-3 in a shootout, but based on the standings, will not go beyond this round.
Qualification Round: Norway vs. Canada
Canada would start off rather sloppily, taking two early penalties, forcing them into a 5-on-3 disadvantage, but would kill them both off. Jason Spezza would open the scoring for Canada, with 4:34 to go in the period. Halfway through the second, John Tavares would make it 2-0. 9:02 into the third, James Neal would make it 3-0. It starts to get scary when Ken Andre Olimb makes it 3-1, and just over a minute later, Marius Holtet would make it 3-2. Norway pulls Lars Haugen in the hopes of tying it. But Canada would prevail by winning 3-2.
Qualification Round: Finland vs. Slovakia
A too many men call to Finland at 15:21 would lead to Slovakia scoring exactly one minute later, the goal scored by Marion Gaborik, from Michal Handzus and Pavol Demitra. No scoring in the second. Finland would come alive in the third. Tuomo Ruutu scores twice, first at 7:14 to tie it, and then at 10:26 to take the lead. Finland wins the game by that 2-1 score.
Qualification Round: United States vs. France
France would get on the board first just 5:25 into the contest, the goal scored by Sacha Treille. Derek Stepan would score to tie the game later in the period. 76 seconds into the second, Mark Stuart would make it 2-1 for the U.S., and Chris Kreider would make it 3-1. Laurent Meunier would make it 3-2, but it was not enough. Team USA beats France. There were quite a number of minor penalties called, including a too many men against the U.S. that subsequently led them scoring the 4-on-4 equalizer.
For the 10th day of competition, we will have in the qualification round the Czech Republic vs. Russia and Sweden vs. Switzerland. The relegation games, to be played later in the day, will have Slovenia vs. Belarus and Latvia vs. Austria.