The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against the Czechs, while hosts Slovakia open the tournament against the United States.
After an odd year for the Euro Hockey Tour with the 2018 Olympics smack dab in the middle of the schedule, the 2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour schedule has returned to a similar format, with the core four teams of Czechia, Russia, Finland and Sweden starting up this season’s tournament in November.
From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate Finland’s centennial as a nation, we look back on just the second World Championship for the Leijonat in history, their 2011 triumph over rival Sweden, considered by Finns to be the “unelmafinaali” – the dream final.
Finland captured just their second ever World Championship Gold Medal in dominant fashion against their cross-border rivals Sweden, crushing Tre Kronor 6-1 on goals from six different scorers to win their first Gold since 1995, and unify Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Finnish defender Ossi Väänänen today announced his formal retirement from Jokerit at the age of 35, ending his career with the same team he started his career with 18 years earlier, which included stops in the NHL, Liiga, SHL and KHL.
It is a great day in Finnish hockey history. In the latest chapter of hockey’s classic Nordic rivalry, Finland demolished Sweden 6-1 in the gold medal game of the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Petteri Nokelainen scored the first of five third-period Finnish goals, and it stood up as the winner.
Mikael Granlund scored the jaw-dropping second-period winner as Finland blanked Russia 3-0 in the last semi-final and marched into Sunday’s gold medal game with Sweden. The Russians will face the Czechs for bronze.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s first goal of the tournament at 12:19 of the third period gave Russia a 2-1 win tonight over Canada at Orange Aréna and the final spot in tomorrow night’s semi-final game against Finland.
07:19 – PEN – Seger
10:25 – PEN – Čierny
12:08 – PEN – Jenni
12:30 – PEN – Kapuš
12:43 – GOAL – Rüthemann (Ziegler)
15:04 – PEN – Hirschi
15:31 – SH GOAL – Ambühl (Forster, Seger)
16:38 – PEN – Bezina