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Ice Hockey World Cup: Champion Finland starts with a jumper against the United States

Ice Hockey World Cup: Champion Finland starts with a jumper against the United States

Finland-USA 1-4

The first third of the match, also befitting an early final, was a balanced battle, with both teams firing a similar amount of shots on target, but we only saw a goal with more than two minutes left: Timo Hartikainen He shot into the American goal at the end of a good move for the man.

At the beginning of the second half, it seemed that the United States would quickly equalize, but Matt Coronato's shot was blocked by the Finnish national team captain, and the video referee gave the right to the hosts, giving Finland a 1-0 lead. However, the host, who is only 19 years old, did not escape without a goal Cutter Gauthier In his first game with the bigs (the Swedish-born center currently plays for Boston College, but not for long, as he was drafted by the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers last year) he scored a goal — and the outside team equalized.

In the final half, the American team started in the middle of the third period Drew O'Connor He took the lead with his strike, then Alex Toch He doubled his advantage with his goal – much to the amazement of the Tampere crowd.

In the final match, the Finns attacked and the goalkeeper was knocked down, but it went badly for them too, fabric He also scored an empty-net goal from the halfway line – and the USA won by a surprising margin.

Slovakia-Czech Republic 2-3

After a hectic first period, no one believed that the Czechs' 3-2 lead would last until the end of the match. Slovaks martin chromiak, respectively Mislav Rozandic They took the lead twice with their goal, but the Czechs doubled it Lukas Sedlak Under his guidance, they tied both times, then advanced and, as it turned out, won as well.

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Elite World Championship, first round
Group I (Tampere)
Finland-USA 1-4
(1–0, 0–1, 0–3)


Sweden – Germany 1-0 (0–0, 0–0, 1–0)

Group II (Riga)
Slovakia – Czech Republic 2-3
(2–3, 0–0, 0–0)

Canada – Latvia 6-0 (2–0, 2–0, 2–0)

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