IHLC Classics: Canada Makes It Two In Torino

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 celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we shine a light on Canada’s 2006 women’s Olympic Gold victory, Canada’s second of four (and counting) Olympic titles.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin italy-11
Monday, February 20, 2006

It seemed only appropriate that fears of another repeat women’s Gold Medal Game between bitter rivals Canada and the U.S. would occur for a third straight Olympics – but thanks to the heroics of Sweden relegating the Americans to the bronze medal game, for the first time a new contender emerged.

But there would be no repeat heroics, as Canada pounded Tre Kronor 4-1 to win their second straight Olympic Gold Medal, and to cap off a perfect Olympics with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Lidström’s Golden Goal

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 celebrate National Day (Sveriges nationaldag) in Sweden, we focus on Sweden’s second and most recent Olympic Gold Medal, won from rivals Finland at the 2006 Turin Games.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin italy-11
Sunday, February 26, 2006

In Gold Medal Game befitting one the biggest rivalries in hockey, Sweden emerged from the 2006 Turin Olympiad with their second Olympic title, defeating border rivals Finland 3-2 to unify the Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Sweden 2-1 Canada (SO) – May 21, 2017


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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Lanxess Arena, Cologne 
Sunday, May 21, 2017

In a game of close defence and lucky bounces, it was Sweden that reigned supreme in Cologne, defeating Canada in a narrow victory, the first Gold Medal Game since 1994 to go to a shootout, to capture their tenth World Championship crown, and capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Sweden’s Unique Double

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, while the ongoing World Championships take a day off, we look back to the final of the 2006 Worlds, where Sweden made history by being the first team to win Olympic and World Championship Gold in the same year.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sweden made international hockey history at the Arēna Rīga, dispatching Czechia in a dominating 4-0 victory to not only capture their eighth IIHF World Championship Gold Medal, but becoming the first team in history to win Olympic and World Championship Gold in the same year, a feat made even more sweeter by retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 3-2 Canada (OT) – Apr. 7, 2017


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Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
USA Hockey Arena 1, Plymouth usa-11
Friday, April 7, 2017

The ways in which these Gold Medal meetings between Canada and Team USA can manage to differ from each other in terms of intensity and excitement always seems to be a challenge, but these two bitter rivals always manage to find a way to make it work.

For the 2017 World Championships, it was yet another overtime tilt, but this time it was the heroics of star forward Hilary Knight, on home ice, providing the drama in the form of the winning goal, giving the Americans their eighth World title, and allowing them to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-4 Canada (SO) – Jan. 5, 2017


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World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:58 –  GOAL – Chabot (Barzal, Joseph)
09:02 –  GOAL – Lauzon (Stephens)
09:44 –  PEN – Dubois, boarding
11:26 –  PEN – White, hooking
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IHLC Classics: “Tupu, Hupu & Lupu” Golden For Finland

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, in honour of Finnish Independence Day, we look back at the 1995 World Championships Gold Medal Game, the long overdue first title for the Leijonat, over their Swedish rivals on Swedish ice.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
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Sunday, May 7, 1995

After fifty plus years of misery on the international hockey stage, it was a trio of youngsters in their early twenties that finally managed to put the Leijonat atop the world’s stage, defeating their national rivals Sweden 4-1 in the Gold Medal Game to capture the 1995 championship, as well as the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-3 Canada – Nov. 5, 2016

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Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game
Järvenpää Arena, Järvenpää finland-11
Saturday, November 5, 2016

The American women’s squad gained redemption for their loss a day earlier to Canada, winning when it counted to capture the 2016 Four Nations Cup, their seventh all-time title, and regaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Classics: Team USA Shocks The World

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, in honour of American Independence Day, we look back at the final tilt between Team USA and Canada at the 1996 World Cup Of Hockey, where the Americans won their first ever “best on best” world title.

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World Cup Of Hockey Final, Game 3

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Saturday, September 14, 1996

When the NHL decided to revamp the Canada Cup in 1996, hosting the tournament in cities across the globe and expanding to eight teams in the first post-Soviet “best on best” tournament, many scoffed at the idea, seeing this as simply a renaming of the tournament Canada had become known to dominate, winning four of the five previous Canada Cup tournaments.

Team USA, however, had other ideas. Not quite on the scale as the “Miracle On Ice” in terms of the unlikelihood, but still the biggest American hockey victory in a generation, the U.S. won the third game of the best of three final 5-2 over Canada, on enemy ice, to capture their first World Cup Of Hockey, and also retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Canada’s Gold Drought Ends

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, in honour of Canada Day, we look back at the end of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal drought in 2002, where 50 years of futility was put to rest in Salt Lake City.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
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Sunday, February 24, 2002

Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.

But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
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