Norway stunned a more powerful Finnish squad on home ice at the Euro Hockey Challenge to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship in a dominant 3-1 victory over the Leijonat. Three consecutive third period goals from Per-Åge Skrøder, Mathis Olimb and Robin Dahlstrøm on just five third period shots propelled the Isbjørnene to the win, while Lars Volden stopped 25 of 26 in net to hold Finland at bay. Atte Engren, only facing 11 shots, only stopped 9 in the loss.
The win begins Norway’s fourth reign as International Hockey Lineal Championship holders, their first reign since winning the title from Switzerland in qualifying round play at the 2010 World Championships, leaving the tournament with the title before it entered the medal round. This was the first IHLC meeting between Norway and Finland since the 2006 World Championships, where Finland retained the title in a 3-0 win. Norge only has a short time to celebrate, however, as they meet Finland again in just one day with the title on the line.
03:45 – PEN – Kousa, slashing
08:15 – PEN – Ohtamaa, interference
16:09 – PEN – Martinsen, slashing
17:25 – PEN – Melart, elbowing
23:54 – PEN – Hansen, hooking
25:52 – PP GOAL – Osala (Hietanen, Näenpää)
28:42 – PEN – Dahlstrøm, roughing
28:42 – PEN – Hagman, roughing
30:23 – PEN – Rindal, cross checking
40:32 – GOAL – Skrøder (M. Olimb, Hansen)
57:06 – GOAL – M. Olimb (Hansen, Skrøder)
59:07 – EN GOAL – Dahlstrøm
W: Volden (25-26)
L: Engren (9-11)
SHOTS ON GOAL
5+2+5 = 12
7+7+12 = 26
Goaltenders: Lars Haugen, Lars Volden. Defence: Alexander Bonsaksen, Nicolai Bryhnisveen, Jonas Holøs, Aleksander Rindal, Mats Trygg, Henrik Ødegaard. Forwards: Robin Dahlstrøm, Jonas Djupvik Løvlie, Kristian Forsberg, Mats Frøshaug, Mads Hansen, Magnus Lindahl, Fredrik Lystad Jacobsen, Andreas Martinsen, Ken André Olimb, Mathis Olimb, Niklas Roest, Mats Rosseli Olsen, Per-Åge Skrøder.
Goaltenders: Atte Engren, Mika Järvinen. Defence: Juuso Hietanen, Mikko Kousa, Teemu Laakso, Sami Lepistö, Ilari Melart, Mikko Näenpää, Atte Ohtamaa, Rasmus Ristolainen. Forwards: Marko Anttila, Juha-Pekka Haataja, Niklas Hagman, Juha-Pekka Hytönen, Pekka Jormakka, Kristian Kuusela, Oskar Osala, Teemu Ramstedt, Jere Sallinen, Tomi Sallinen, Miikka Salomäki, Ville Viitaluoma, Petteri Wirtanen.