IHLC Classics: Unelmafinaali

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.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Sunday, May 15, 2011

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.
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IHLC Results – Finland 6-1 Sweden – May 15, 2011

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Sunday, May 15, 2011

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.
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IHLC Results – Finland 3-0 Russia – May 13, 2011

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World Championship Semifinal
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Friday, May 13, 2011

Finland shut down an offensively-sparked Russian squad in the World Championship Semifinals in Bratislava, with Petri Vehanen turning away all 30 shots for the shutout to advance to the Gold Medal Game and win the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Russia 2-1 Canada – May 12, 2011

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World Championship Quarterfinal
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Russia mounted a come from behind victory in the final ten minutes of their World Championship Quarterfinal tilt against Canada, knocking out Canada from the Worlds in the Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, to advance with the International Hockey Lineal Championship in hand.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 3-0 Slovakia – Apr. 21, 2004

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Exhibition Game
Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu, Bratislava slovakia-11
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

BOXSCORE
1st Period
07:19 – switzerland-11 PEN – Seger
10:25 – slovakia-11 PEN – Čierny
12:08 – switzerland-11 PEN – Jenni
12:30 – slovakia-11 PEN – Kapuš
12:43 – switzerland-11 GOAL – Rüthemann (Ziegler)
15:04 – switzerland-11 PEN – Hirschi
15:31 – switzerland-11 SH GOAL – Ambühl (Forster, Seger)
16:38 – switzerland-11 PEN – Bezina
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