Finland continued their early dominance in Group B, exploding for another six goals against Norway to total fourteen en route to their final tilt against Canada, where top seed in Group B will be on the line, along with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Leijonat came out of the gate screaming, with rapid-fire goals from Teemu Selänne and Lauri Korpikoski to take a quick 2-0 lead. A tally by Jori Lehterä put the Finns up 3-0 after one, outshooting the Isbjørnene 13-6, and prompting Lars Haugen to be benched in the second, being replaced in net by Lars Volden. Volden did not fare much better, as Korpikoski’s second and a goal from Olli Jokinen put Finland at 5-0 at the midway point of the game, showing no signs of stopping the onslaught.
Norway did gain back a measure of success early in the third, capitalizing on a two-man advantage that allowed Per-Åge Skrøder to wire a goal past Kari Lehtonen, wrecking his shutout attempt only 1:01 into the period. But Finland did answer back with a final nail in the coffin with less than three minutes remaining, as Olli Määttä knocked in an errant rebound past Volden to put the score at 6-1, a truly dominant performance in which the Finns outscored, outshot and outskated the Norge, leaving Lehtonen and Finland’s defence largely unchallenged.
With the victory, Finland wins its fourth IHLC game during its current reign, their 47th total. The Leijonat captured the International Hockey Lineal Championship from Russia at the Channel One Cup in December, defending against Sweden to end the tournament, and against Austria to open the Sochi Games with an 8-4 victory. Finland and Norway last faced each other with the IHLC on the line on April 13, 2013, with Finland winning 5-1 as part of the Euro Hockey Challenge in Lillehammer, winning back the IHLC they lost to Norway the night prior. Finland next faces Canada with the IHLC on the line in the final Group B game for both teams.
05:46 – GOAL – Selänne (Vatanen, Lehtonen)
06:51 – GOAL – Korpikoski (O. Jokinen, Määttä)
08:57 – PEN – M. Olimb, tripping
09:52 – PEN – Salminen, tripping
17:21 – GOAL – Lehterä
28:03 – GOAL – Korpikoski (Määttä, Ruutu)
31:26 – GOAL – O. Jokinen (Salo, Ruutu)
34:41 – PEN – Bonsaksen, hooking
39:49 – PEN – Selänne, tripping
40:20 – PEN – Ruutu, high sticking
41:01 – PP2 GOAL – Skrøder (M. Olimb, Holøs)
54:13 – PEN – Bonsaksen, holding
57:41 – GOAL – Määttä (Kontiola, Lehtonen)
W: Lehtonen (20-21)
L: Haugen (10-13), Volden (23-26)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+15+11 = 39
6+9+6 = 21
Goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi. Defence: Juuso Hietanen, Lasse Kukkonen, Sami Lepistö, Olli Määttä, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen (A), Ossi Väänänen, Sami Vatanen. Forwards: Aleksander Barkov, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Leo Komarov (A), Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehterä, Antti Pihlström, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Teemu Selänne (C).
Goaltenders: Lars Haugen, Lars Volden. Defence: Alexander Bonsaksen, Jonas Holøs, Henrik Solberg, Daniel Sørvik, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (C), Henrik Ødegaard. Forwards: Morten Ask, Anders Bastiansen (A), Robin Dahlstrøm, Kristian Forsberg, Mads Hansen, Fredrik Lystad Jacobsen, Sondre Olden, Ken André Olimb, Mathis Olimb, Mats Rosseli Olsen, Martin Røymark, Per-Åge Skrøder, Patrick Thoresen (A), Mats Zuccarello.