IHLC Classics: Unelmafinaali

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate Finland’s centennial as a nation, we look back on just the second World Championship for the Leijonat in history, their 2011 triumph over rival Sweden, considered by Finns to be the “unelmafinaali” – the dream final.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finland captured just their second ever World Championship Gold Medal in dominant fashion against their cross-border rivals Sweden, crushing Tre Kronor 6-1 on goals from six different scorers to win their first Gold since 1995, and unify Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 2-0 United States – Dec. 5, 2017


 Canada 2-0 United States 
Exhibition Game
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On the back of a 32-save performance from Geneviève Lacasse and a rock-solid penalty kill unit, Canada retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship on home ice, eking out a narrow 2-0 win in Winnipeg.
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IOC Expels Russia From 2018 Olympics, Hockey Status In Question


The International Olympic Committee today announced an outright ban on the Russian delegation at the upcoming Olympic Games this February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, although athletes that are cleared of a controversial state-sponsored doping program are allowed to participate under the Olympic flag.
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IHLC Results – Canada 2-1 United States (OT) – Dec. 3, 2017


 Canada 2-1 United States  (OT)
Exhibition Game
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul 
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Canada needed just 37 seconds to capture an overtime win from Team USA in front of a packed Minnesota crowd on a hostile Sunday afternoon, wrenching away the International Hockey Lineal Championship with a 2-1 victory as the days inch closer to the PyeongChang Olympics.
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IIHF Announces 2018 Hall Of Fame Class


The IIHF announced the newest class of inductees to the Hall of Fame, highlighted by a quartet of international superstars – Daniel Alfredsson, Rob Blake, Jere Lehtinen and Chris Chelios, who will have their numerous achievements, both professionally and internationally, recognized in Denmark this May.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-1 Canada – Nov. 12, 2017


 United States
 5-1 Canada 
Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game
Amalie Arena, Tampa 
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Team USA capitalized on their special teams dominance to capture their eighth Four Nations Cup title, dispatching Canada 5-1 in Tampa, Florida to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Finland 4-3 Canada – Nov. 12, 2017


 Finland
 4-3 Canada 
Karjala Tournament
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Sunday, November 12, 2017

A late power play marker from Eeli Tolvanen was the difference in a tight 4-3 victory for Finland over Canada to wrap up the 2017 Karjala Tournament, clinching both the tournament win and the International Hockey Lineal Championship for the Finns.
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IHLC Results – Finland 3-1 Sweden – Nov. 11, 2017


 Finland
 3-1 Sweden 
Karjala Tournament
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Finland took advantage of an exhausted Swedish squad Saturday in Helsinki, earning a hard-fought 3-1 victory to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-0 Sweden – Nov. 10, 2017


 United States
 5-0 Sweden 
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
Florida Hospital Center Ice, Wesley Chapel 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Team USA easily dispatched a hapless Swedish squad to clinch first place and a spot in the Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game, cruising to a 5-0 victory to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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