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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 minut...

Day 7 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

A couple of relegation games and a couple of qualification round games make up Day 7 of the Worlds in Slovakia. Relegation: Slovenia vs. Latvia No scoring in the first period to report, but in the second period, Slovenia’s Rok Ticar and Tomaz Razingar would combine for three goals, Razingar scoring twice. No more than 2 minutes into the third would Ticar net his second of the game to make it 4-0, then Rok Pajic makes it 5-0. Georgijs Pujacs receive a checking from behind major and a game misconduct, sending him to the showers. Latvia would get two late-game goals, but it was too late. Their goals scored by Martins Cipulis and Martins Ratiums (the latter with 1 second left in the game...

Day 6 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Denmark vs. Latvia Just 1:43 into the game, Denmark’s Mads Christensen opens up the scoring, while 3:03 into the second, Martins Cipulis ties the game. Christensen makes it 2-1 Denmark while Jekabs Redlihs ties it 2-2. No scoring in the third and in overtime, and a shootout required. It takes 8 rounds, and only one goal, but that goal was the winner, which was scored by Christensen. Denmark beats Latvia 3-2 in a shootout. Austria vs. Norway Eerikki Koivu opens the scoring, making it 1-0 for Norway. Mathias Olimb and Jonas Holos would score nearly a minute apart as the Norwegians would go up 3-0. Lars Erik Spets would make it 4-0. Early in the third, Phillipe Lakos would receive a ...

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 ...

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 Uni...

Day 3 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Day 3 is done and this is what happened. Russia vs. Slovenia After getting blanked in the first game by Germany, Russia hoped to avoid a second straight loss in this year’s tournament. They managed to score first, 4:22 into the game, the goal scored by Vitali Atyushov, assisted by Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Radulov. About 4 minutes later, Alexei Yemelin received a 5-minute boarding major and a game misconduct, sending him to the showers early. Slovenia would respond almost halfway into the second period, goal by Andrej Hebar, assisted by Blaz Gregorc. Russia would restore the lead over 6 minutes later, when Maxim Afinogenov scored, assisted by Konstantin Korneyev. Slovenia would equaliz...

Kip's Piks: Round Two

Round One Recap: Kip's Piks: Chicago, San Jose, Phoenix, Anaheim, New York, Buffalo, Boston, Tampa Bay Kyle's Picks: Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Anaheim, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Tampa Bay Round One Points: Kyle - 27, Kip - 21 After the first round, I have to say Kip made some bad picks, but you have to be ballsy to win and he definitely was. I picked five of the eight series correctly, the only ones that were wrong were Anaheim, Chicago and Los Angeles. Ironic that I follow the Western Conference more and only got 25% right and went four for four in the East, right? On to the second round! Kip made his picks and he didn't have a shortage of upsets: http://www...

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,...

Day 1 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Welcome to my daily recaps of the 2011 IIHF World Hockey Championships Slovakia. I will be providing quick notes about the games played. Germany vs. Russia The opening match of this year’s tournament featured Germany and Russia, played in Brataslava. Only two goals were scored in the entire game. This game also saw the first major action for Russia’s Evgeni Nabokov since sitting out when claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders after signing with the Detroit Red Wings. The first German goal was scored by Thomas Greilinger at 4:19 of the 2nd period, with an assist going to Constantin Braun. The other goal was scored by Patrick Reimer, probably no relation to Canadian goalie ...

NEW TCL Store Hockey T-Shirts Out NOW!

Boom! New TCL Store Tees Have Arrived In case you missed it this week the official TCL store - GRINDER THREADS - unleashed a NEW Spring/Summer collection. Just like our previous hockey tees, we haven't pulled any punches. What can you expect? Well, if you've picked up any shirts from us you know that we are relentless when it comes to quality. This line is no different. As usual, you'll find screen printed size tags (no itchy neck tags), custom sewn logo tags in the bottom left hem of every shirt and some of the most ridiculously soft shirts on the planet. As for the designs, three new beauties will be joining the Grinder line-up: 'Beer League Hockey' - a toast t...