The International Hockey Lineal Championship again saw eight countries carry the title throughout 2018, with the Olympics being added to the calendar seeing 31 different matchups, with the IHLC being defended at five tournaments in seven different countries.
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 Itsenäisyyspäivä (Independence Day), we feature their second World Junior Championship Gold in three years, both won in overtime thrillers, this time by Kasperi Kapanen.
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.
In the concluding match of the 2018 Karjala Cup, the senior Russian national team lost to the Czech Republic 2-5, however the result didn’t prevent our players from winning the competition.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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