Finland capitalized on what appeared to be some sleeping Russian defencemen on two separate occasions, to lift the Leijonat to a 2-0 win over Russia at the Czech Hockey Games, winning the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Finland opened the scoring early, when Russian forward Ilya Kablukov’s attempt at a brutal cross-ice pass was intercepted by a streaking Sakari Salminen, who had a wide open lane to rip a wrist shot past Stanislav Galimov to open the scoring at 1-0, just seven minutes into the period. Finland completely dominated the first, holding the Russians to a single shot in the first twenty minutes.
The offensive onslaught continued, when Pekka Jormakka, trapped behind the Russian goal by Russian defenceman Yevgeni Ryasenski, danced around Ryasenski with a number of beautiful dekes, cut across the Russian goal past two more defenders, landed a shot on net, and picked up his own rebound to knock a backhander past Galimov to put the listless Russians behind 2-0. Frustrations would boil over in the second, with a four-man brawl breaking out, and although Russia outshot Finland 12-5 in the second, they could not solve Finnish goalie Mikko Koskinen. Finland held Russia to only five shots in the third, and with Russia unable to garner any offense whatsoever, the final score remained 2-0 Finland.
With the win, Finland wins the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 46th title, from a Russian squad who themselves just won the IHLC two nights ago from Sweden. The last time these two, who faced off today for the 83rd time over the IHLC, tilted for the title was the opening game of the 2012 Karjala Tournament, where Finland prevailed 2-1 in a shootout to win the IHLC from the Russians. Finland next faces their perennial rivals, Sweden, in the final Czech Hockey Games match on Sept. 1, with the IHLC on the line.
04:10 – PEN – Yakovlev, tripping
07:17 – GOAL – Salminen (Koivisto)
13:00 – PEN – Yakovlev, cross checking
16:38 – PEN – Osala, charging
21:26 – PEN – team, too many players
29:04 – GOAL – Jormakka
30:28 – PEN – Osala, checking from behind + 10 min. misconduct
33:44 – PEN – Chudinov, roughing
33:44 – PEN – Jormakka, roughing
33:44 – PEN – Chudinov, roughing
33:44 – PEN – Ramstedt, hooking
43:55 – PEN – Plotnikov, hooking
46:50 – PEN – Korpikari, cross checking
55:53 – PEN – Alexandrov, hooking
W: Koskinen (17-17)
L: Galimov (21-23)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+5+10 = 23
1+12+4 = 17
Goaltenders: Atte Engren, Mikko Koskinen. Defence: Juuso Hietanen, Oskari Korpikari, Mikko Kousa, Ville Lajunen, Sami Lepistö, Tuukka Mäntylä (A), Jyri Marttinen, Atte Ohtamaa. Forwards: Pekka Jormakka, Toni Koivisto, Leo Komarov (C), Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehterä (A), Jesse Mankinen, Oskar Osala, Iiro Pakarinen, Teemu Ramstedt, Jere Sallinen, Sakari Salminen, Velli-Matti Savinainen.
Goaltenders: Stanislav Galimov, Vasili Koshechkin. Defence: Yuri Alexandrov (C), Maxim Chudinov, Mikhail Pashnin, Nikita Pivtsakin, Yevgeni Ryasenski, Yegor Yakovlev, Nikita Zaitsev, Andrei Zubarev (A). Forwards: Igor Averin, Alexander Burmistrov, Mikhail Glukhov, Ilya Kablukov, Dmitri Kazionov, Yevgeni Ketov, Denis Kokarev, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Kirill Petrov, Sergei Plotnikov, Vadim Shipachyov, Viktor Tikhonov, Mikhail Varnakov.