Sweden continued its winning ways at this year’s Euro Hockey Tour, winning their first Channel One Cup matchup in enemy territory with a tremendous 6-4 comeback win over Czechia to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Czechs jumped on an early lead, backed by solid play in net from Pavel Francouz, and first period tallies from Jan Kovář and Michal Birner. An early second period marker from Roman Červenka put things at 3-0 just 3:26 into the second period, the last early semblance of a lead before a remarkable turnaround.
It took Tre Kronor just 74 seconds to roar back and tie things at 3-3, first with a pair of goals from Patrik Hersley just 16 seconds apart, and a Patrik Fransson power play goal 58 seconds later, capitalizing on a frustrated Červenka taking a costly cross checking penalty. Heated emotions would turn on Sweden, however, as a pair of penalties to Fransson and Daniel Rahimi allowd Ondřej Němec to tally the go-ahead powerplay goal with 4:39 left in the second to retake the lead at 4-3.
But it was again in the third that another trio of Swedish goals put Tre Kronor in the drivers seat for good, albeit not as quickly as in the second period. First it was Fransson’s second of the night in the early going to put things back at 4-4. But with just over five minutes remaining, it was again a quick flurry on Francouz, first from Mattias Janmark, and then from Andreas Johnson just 79 seconds later, put the score at 6-4, which would hold up as the final.
With the win, Sweden wins its fourth straight in their 73rd and current International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, a title they won in the opening game of the Karjala Tournament last month from Russia, retaining against Czechia and Finland. This matchup between the Swedes and Czechs comes off the heels of last month’s Karjala matchup, where Sweden retained its newly-won title in a 4-3 shootout win in Helsinki. Sweden now moves its tournament to Sochi, where it will next face hosts Russia in two days time for the IHLC.
08:31 – PEN – Kolář, interference
13:04 – GOAL – Jan Kovář (Radil, Zaťovič)
13:56 – GOAL – Birner (Horák)
20:38 – PEN – Klepiš, slashing
23:26 – GOAL – Červenka (Klepiš, Zámorský)
27:37 – PEN – Rahimi, cross checking
30:17 – GOAL – Hersley (Ericsson, Omark)
30:33 – GOAL – Hersley (Petersson)
31:06 – PEN – Červenka, cross checking
31:31 – PP GOAL – Fransson (Omark, Möller)
33:24 – PEN – Fransson, delay of game
35:15 – PEN – Rahimi, charging major + 10 min. misconduct
35:15 – PEN – Smoleňák, unsportsmanlike conduct 10 min. misconduct
35:21 – PP2 GOAL – Němec (Krajíček, Červenka)
43:17 – GOAL – Fransson (Omark, Ericsson)
54:56 – GOAL – Janmark (Junland)
56:15 – GOAL – Johnson (Sjögren)
W: Nilsson (23-27)
L: Francouz (24-30)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+12+10 = 30
9+5+13 = 27
Goaltenders: Henrik Karlsson, Anders Nilsson. Defence: Niclas Burström, Patrik Fransson, Erik Gustafsson, Patrik Hersley, Jonas Junland, Staffan Kronwall (C), Daniel Rahimi. Forwards: Jimmie Ericsson (A), Mattias Janmark, Andreas Johnson, Joel Lundqvist, Oscar Möller, Linus Omark, André Petersson, Calle Ridderwall, Anton Rödin, Johan Ryno, Mattias Sjögren, Martin Thörnberg, David Ullström.
Goaltenders: Pavel Francouz, Jakub Kovář. Defence: Michal Kempný, Jan Kolář, Lukáš Krajíček (A), Ondřej Němec (A), Martin Pláněk, Adam Polášek, Ondřej Vitásek, Petr Zámorský. Forwards: Michal Birner, Roman Červenka, Tomáš Filippi, Roman Horák, Jakub Klepiš, Jan Kovář, Lukáš Radil, Michal Řepík, Radek Smoleňák (C), Vladimír Sobotka, Jakub Valský, Martin Zaťovič.