In the final game of the 2013 Karjala Tournament, Sweden upset the hometown heroes, Finland, with a 3-2 overtime victory that, although it did not impact Finland’s standing in the tournament, did wrench from them the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Sweden took advantage of a number of Finnish penalties to jump to a 2-0 lead after thirty minutes of play, first on a behind-the-goal feed to Pär Aribrandt to go up 1-0, and then on a point shot blast from Linus Klasen to beat Niko Hovinen and take a 2-0 lead. Finland would strike back on the powerplay towards the end of the second, with Jere Karalahti ripping a shot from the top of the slot past Henrik Karlsson to half the deficit after forty minutes.
Finland continued to press in the final period to even things up, outshooting Tre Kronor 13-10 in the frame – and with just 3:08 to go in regulation, Niklas Hagman deked right by John Klingberg, causing Klingberg to stumble and fall, leaving Hagman alone on Karlsson to beat him short side to even the game at 2-2. But, unable to capitalize on a late Sweden bench penalty, the opportunity would cost the Leijonat in the end, as a Sebastian Erixon goal that was all too similar to Arlbrandt’s goal in the first, being left alone in front of Hovinen, did in the Finns, who lost by a final of 3-2 in overtime.
Even though the overtime loss point gained by Finland still wins them the Karjala Tournament, the Swedish victory means they capture their record 72nd International Hockey Lineal Championship win, their first since winning it at the Gold Medal Game of the World Championships. Finland and Sweden, who today played their 71st IHLC game since 1949, last met over the IHLC at the Czech Hockey Games in August, with Finland winning 5-0. The win also means Tre Kronor will carry the IHLC into the Channel One Cup in Sochi next month, opening their defence against Russia on December 19.
05:13 – PEN – Danielsson, hooking
09:56 – PEN – Ullström, tripping
12:43 – PEN – Komarov, kneeing major + game misconduct
17:39 – PP GOAL – Arlbrandt (Olausson, Danielsson)
22:21 – PEN – Karalahti, roughing
26:58 – PEN – Osala, interference
28:17 – PP GOAL – Klasen (Ullström)
33:35 – PEN – Andersén, tripping
34:35 – PP GOAL – Karalahti (Lehterä, Salminen)
37:27 – PEN – team, too many players
39:35 – PEN – Enlund, hooking
56:52 – GOAL – Hagman (Immonen, Karalahti)
57:40 – PEN – team, too many players
61:48 – GOAL – Erixon (Hjalmarsson, Klingberg)
W: Karlsson (35-37)
L: Hovinen (29-32)
SHOTS ON GOAL
7+11+10+4 = 32
12+11+13+1 = 37
Goaltenders: Henrik Karlsson, David Rautio. Defence: Johan Alm, Niclas Andersén, Niclas Burström, Sebastian Erixon, Elias Fälth (A), John Klingberg, Daniel Rahimi. Forwards: Pär Arlbrandt, Daniel Bång, Nicklas Danielsson, Robin Figren, Simon Hjalmarsson (A), Mattias Janmark, Linus Klasen, Joel Lundqvist (C), Oscar Möller, Niklas Olausson, Dennis Rasmussen, Anton Rödin, Martin Thörnberg, David Ullström.
Goaltenders: Niko Hovinen, Jussi Rynnäs. Defence: Juuso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Jere Karalahti, Lasse Kukkonen (A), Sami Lepistö, Tuukka Mäntylä, Jyri Marttinen, Ossi Väänänen. Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Jonas Enlund, Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Jarkko Immonen, Leo Komarov (C), Petri Kontiola, Jori Lehterä (A), Oskar Osala, Antti Pihlström, Mika Pyörälä, Sakari Salminen, Petteri Wirtanen.