For the second straight day in Paris, a goalie change after an early two-goal lead led to a 3-2 overtime come-from-behind victory, this time with Finland claiming the win from Switzerland, capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
Like their overtime victory over Canada 24 hours earlier, it was a pair of quick goals that drove the starting goalie early in the first period – except this time, it was the Eisgenossen dishing out the early goals. First it was Fabrice Herzog, the hero of yesterday’s game, wiring a wrister through traffic, using defender Topi Jaakola as a screen, to beat keeper Joonas Korpisalo to take the early 1-0 lead. The Swiss would strike 5:50 later, now on a Joël Genazzi point shot that redirected past Korpisalo, Switzerland’s second goal on just their sixth shot, ending the game early for the Columbus keeper.
Harri Säteri would enter the game in relief of Korpisalo, and like the night before this helped to spark his squad, as the Leijonat managed to halve the deficit before the end of the first on a Juuso Hietanen tally, batting in a deflected puck from mid-air past a confused Leonardo Genoni to cut the lead to 2-1. The Finns led in shots 13-8 in the second and 9-6 in the third, but were unable to solve Genoni again until midway through the third period, when a point blast from Jani Lajunen was tipped past Genoni by Mikko Rantanen on a screen during a Finnish power play, forcing the game to overtime after each side failed to capitalize on late man advantages.
And just like the night before, it was a tremendous individual effort from a talented forward that ended the game, this time being Philadelphia Flyer Valtteri Filppula, who was left a nifty drop pass from Veli-Matti Savinainen, prompting him to drive in on Genoni, past defender Raphael Díaz, and banging in the game-winner five-hole. Säteri was sensational in relief, stopping all 21 shots, and cutting Switzerland’s latest IHLC reign to just a single 24 hour period.
With the win, Finland captures their milestone 50th International Hockey Lineal Championship title, and first since winning the title from Canada in the Group Round finale at last year’s World Championships, which would hold until losing to Canada in the Gold Medal Game. Finland improves to 5-3-1 all-time against the Swiss over the IHLC, meeting for the first time since the 2013 Euro Hockey Challenge, which served as the first Swiss win in an eventual 12 game win streak. Finland will now finish Group B competition against Canada in two days’ time, who just lost the IHLC to Switzerland yesterday, in a rematch of last year’s final, to see where the IHLC will land in the Medal Round.
02:33 – PEN – Richard, charging
04:40 – GOAL – Herzog (Richard, Untersander)
10:30 – GOAL – Genazzi (Loeffel)
11:07 – PEN – Filppula, tripping
12:27 – PEN – Järvinen, cross checking
18:36 – PEN – Ambühl, checking to the head + 10 min. misconduct
19:01 – PP GOAL – Hietanen (Savinainen, Aho)
29:40 – PEN – Pihlström, tripping
32:58 – PEN – Honka, roughing
32:58 – PEN – Malgin, roughing
43:58 – PEN – Lajunen, tripping
46:53 – PEN – Díaz, slashing
47:40 – PP GOAL – Rantanen (Lajunen, Aho)
51:38 – PEN – Richard, tripping
56:37 – PEN – team, too many men
62:24 – GOAL – Filppula (Savinainen, Hietanen)
W: Korpisalo (4-6), Säteri (21-21)
L: Genoni (24-27)
SHOTS ON GOAL
4+13+9+1 = 27
13+8+6+0 = 27
Goaltenders: Joonas Korpisalo, Harri Säteri. Defence: Juuso Hietanen, Julius Honka, Topi Jaakola (A), Joonas Järvinen, Lasse Kukkonen (C), Ville Lajunen, Mikko Lehtonen, Atte Ohtamaa. Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Sebastian Aho, Valtteri Filppula (A), Markus Hännikäinen, Joonas Kemppainen, Jani Lajunen, Oskar Osala, Antti Pihlström, Mika Pyörälä, Mikko Rantanen, Tomi Sallinen, Veli-Matti Savinainen.
Goaltenders: Leonardo Genoni, Niklas Schlegel. Defence: Raphael Díaz (C), Philippe Furrer (A), Joël Genazzi, Dean Kukan, Romain Loeffel, Christian Marti, Ramon Untersander. Forwards: Cody Almond, Andres Ambühl (A), Simon Bodenmann, Gaëtan Haas, Fabrice Herzog, Denis Hollenstein, Denis Malgin, Vincent Praplan, Tanner Richard, Thomas Rüfenacht, Reto Schäppi, Reto Suri, Pius Suter.