IHLC Classics: O’Sullivan Sinks Canada

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 feature the long-awaited first American Gold Medal in World Junior Championship history, won on the back of a two-goal Patrick O’Sullivan performance at the 2004 final in Helsinki.


 United States 4-3 Canada 
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 
Monday, January 5, 2004

With their eleventh World Junior Championship Gold Medal just twenty minutes away, a 3-1 lead destined to end a six-year Gold drought, Team Canada seemed to be free and clear to return home with Gold in tow, helmed by future stars Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and Marc-André Fleury.

But a cataclysmic twenty minutes, highlighted by a brutal own-goal given up by Fleury, turned elation into devastation in Helsinki, and allowed the United States to capture their first ever World Championship title, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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Patrick Sharp Announces Retirement From Blackhawks


Canadian winger Patrick Sharp announced his sudden retirement from the NHL just prior to his Chicago Blackhawks’ final game of the 2017-18 season, capping his illustrious sixteen season career with three teams, three Stanley Cups, and an Olympic Gold Medal.
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IHLC 2017 In Review – Men’s


The International Hockey Lineal Championship increased the number of champions yet again from a previous year, with eight different countries holding the title over 28 games in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
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IHLC Results – Finland 4-3 Canada – Nov. 12, 2017


 Finland
 4-3 Canada 
Karjala Tournament
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Sunday, November 12, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:22 –  GOAL – Brulé (Ellison, Wolski)
07:55 –  PEN – Kinrade, delay of game
12:19 –  GOAL – Lajunen (Manninen, Pyörälä)
17:25 –  PEN – Lepistö, high sticking
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IHLC Results – Finland 3-1 Sweden – Nov. 11, 2017


 Finland
 3-1 Sweden 
Karjala Tournament
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:20 –  GOAL – Tolvanen (Kontiola)
05:01 –  PEN – Högström, holding
05:42 –  PEN – Hartikainen, tripping
14:54 –  PEN – Everberg, interference
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IHLC Results – Sweden 2-0 Canada – Nov. 10, 2017


 Sweden 2-0 Canada 
Karjala Tournament
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Friday, November 10, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:22 –  PEN – Scrivens, delay of game
06:45 –  PEN – Högström, tripping
10:51 –  PEN – Raymond, tripping
15:23 –  PEN – Klinkhammer, interference
16:48 –  PEN – Ryno, hooking
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2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour Schedule Released


The full schedule for the 2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour has been announced, the highlights being the moving of the Sweden Hockey Games to April (due to this year’s Olympics in February), and the addition of teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea, all preparing for the Games in Pyeongchang.
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Major Announcements Made At 2017 IIHF Congress


The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2017 World Championships in Cologne, Germany, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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IHLC Results – Finland 4-3 Russia (OT) – Jan. 5, 2016


 
Finland
 4-3 Russia  (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In a tense and thrilling climax to the 2016 World Juniors, Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime winner at 1:33 gave host Finland a 4-3 gold medal victory over Russia.
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IHLC Results – Finland 2-1 Sweden – Jan. 4, 2016


 
Finland
 2-1 Sweden 
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 
Monday, January 4, 2016

Finland’s top line was shut down, but it didn’t matter. Mikko Rantanen and Kasperi Kapanen stepped up and led the team to a 2-1 win, and to the WJC final.
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