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 – United States 5-1 Canada – Nov. 12, 2017


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Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game
Amalie Arena, Tampa 
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Team USA capitalized on their special teams dominance to capture their eighth Four Nations Cup title, dispatching Canada 5-1 in Tampa, Florida to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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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
Arēna Rīga, Rīga latvia-11
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
Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm sweden-11
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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