IHLC Results – Finland 2-1 Switzerland – Apr. 18, 2013

finland-11 Finland 2-1 Switzerland switzerland-11
Euro Hockey Challenge
Isometsä Arena, Pori finland-11
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Finland retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship in a tightly-fought battle with Switzerland, eking out a 2-1 win in Pori as part of the Euro Hockey Challenge. Following an early Swiss lead, a pair of goals from Teemu Laakso and Sakari Salminen, paired with sharp goaltending from Joni Ortio, backstopped Finland to the 2-1 final.

The win is the Leijonat‘s first successful International Hockey Lineal Championship defence since winning the IHLC from Norway just five days ago, Finland’s 45th reign, and second on the current Euro Hockey Challenge circuit. Finland and Switzerland last met over the IHLC in a pair of exhibition matches in April 2009 (a precursor to the EHC), splitting the series 1-1 but with the Eisgenossen having the last laugh, capturing the title in a 4-3 win. Finland and Switzerland face off again for the IHLC in just 24 hours in Hämeenlinna.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:58 – switzerland-11 GOAL – Bodenmann (von Gunten, Cunti)

2nd Period
21:20 – finland-11 PEN – Laakso, interference
26:50 – finland-11 GOAL – Laakso (Wirtanen)
30:43 – finland-11 GOAL – Salminen (Hagman, Haataja)
33:01 – finland-11 PEN – Wirtanen, roughing
33:01 – switzerland-11 PEN – Helbling, roughing
34:08 – finland-11 PEN – Lepistö, tripping

3rd Period
43:14 – switzerland-11 PEN – Walker, charging
47:43 – switzerland-11 PEN – Ambühl, high sticking
60:00 – finland-11 PEN – Lepistö, hooking

GOALTENDERS
W: finland-11 Ortio (31-32)
L: switzerland-11 Gerber (21-23)

SHOTS ON GOAL
finland-11 9+9+5 = 23
switzerland-11 9+12+11 = 32

ROSTERS
finland-11 Goaltenders: Atte Engren, Joni Ortio. Defence: Mikko Kousa, Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, Ville Lajunen, Sami Lepistö, Mikko Näenpää, Rasmus Ristolainen, Ossi Väänänen. Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Marko Anttila, Juha-Pekka Haataja, Niklas Hagman, Pekka Jormakka, Miika Lahti, Oskar Osala, Janne Pesonen, Antti Pihlström, Teemu Ramstedt, Sakari Salminen, Ville Viitaluoma, Petteri Wirtanen.
switzerland-11 Goaltenders: Martin Gerber, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Severin Blindenbacher, Eric Blum, Robin Grossmann, Timo Helbling, Tim Ramholt, Thomas Rüfenacht, Julien Vauclair, Patrick von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Dario Bürgler, Alessandro Chiesa, Luca Cunti, Denis Hollenstein, Thibaut Monnet, Juraj Šimek, Victor Stancescu, Reto Suri, Morris Trachsler, Julian Walker.

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