Sweden wrenched away the International Hockey Lineal Championship from hosts Russia on enemy ice, winning their second game of the Channel One Cup in Moscow with a definitive 4-2 victory.
Sweden’s offensive guru on the night was in fact a defenseman, Severstal Cherepovets standout Staffan Kronwall, who recorded a hat trick on the night, providing a goal per period to shut down goalie Konstantin Barulin and the Russian defense en route to the win. Kronwall opened the scoring midway through the first period on the power play, giving Tre Kronor the 1-0 lead heading into intermission.
Kronwall made things 2-0 five minutes into the second on an even strength goal, before Russia cut the deficit (and ruined Swedish goalie Viktor Fasth’s shutout in the process) five minutes later on a Sergei Shirokov goal, to keep the score at a close 2-1 at the end of two. Nikolai Zherdev would tie things up 3:59 into the third period on a Patrik Zackrisson penalty, but exactly one minute later Sweden was back on top, this time on a P.J. Axelsson strike. And just under five minutes later, reaching the midway point of the third, it was Kronwall once again, netting his third on the night on a feed from Mikael Johansson to beat Barulin to lock in the 4-2 lead, the final score after sixty minutes.
With the victory, Sweden captures its record 68th International Hockey Lineal Championship, and first since the Preliminary Round of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, winning the title in a 3-0 win over Finland. Sweden last faced Russia, who they have met 133 times for the IHLC, over the title at last month’s Karjala Tournament, where Russia retained in a 4-1 victory on November 12. Sweden next will face border rival Finland in the Channel One Cup finale, with the IHLC up for grabs in their first rematch since the World Championships Gold Medal Game.
08:38 – PEN – Shipachyov, interference
10:17 – PP GOAL – Kronwall (Persson, Andersson)
15:25 – PEN – Persson, tripping
21:33 – PEN – Axelsson, hooking
25:15 – GOAL – Kronwall (Rosén, Zackrisson)
28:28 – PEN – Frögren, checking to the head + 10 min. misconduct
29:34 – PEN – Söderberg, high sticking
30:39 – PP GOAL – Shirokov (Radulov)
33:23 – PEN – Makarov, slashing
42:27 – PEN – Zackrisson, hooking
43:59 – PP GOAL – Zherdev (Radulov)
44:59 – GOAL – Axelsson (Söderberg, Karlsson)
47:23 – PEN – Makarov, tripping
47:34 – PEN – Nikulin, tripping
49:44 – GOAL – Kronwall (Johansson)
50:22 – PEN – Ritola, slashing
53:21 – PEN – Ritola, clipping
59:19 – PEN – team, too many players
W: Fasth (23-25)
L: Barulin (20-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+7+9 = 24
5+8+12 = 25
Goaltenders: Joacim Eriksson, Viktor Fasth. Defence: Simon Bertilsson, Mattias Ekholm, Andreas Falk, Jonas Frögren, Mattias Karlsson, Staffan Kronwall (A), Patrik Lundh, Tobias Viklund. Forwards: Jonas Andersson, Dick Axelsson, Niclas Bergfors, Nicklas Danielsson, Mikael Johansson, Sebastian Lauritzen, Niklas Persson (C), Mattias Ritola, Robert Rosén, Mattias Sjögren (A), Carl Söderberg, Patrik Zackrisson.
Goaltenders: Konstantin Barulin, Mikhail Biryukov. Defence: Nikolai Belov, Yevgeni Biryukov, Denis Denisov, Denis Grebeshkov, Dmitri Kalinin, Konstantin Korneyev, Ilya Nikulin (C), Ivan Vishnevski. Forwards: Yevgeni Bodrov, Denis Kokarev, Enver Lisin, Igor Makarov, Alexander Perezhogin, Alexander Radulov (A), Vadim Shipachyov, Sergei Shirokov, Alexei Tereshenko (A), Viktor Tikhonov, Nikolai Zherdev, Ilya Zubov.