WJC semi-final games recap

By Ivana Paulova

Written by Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova

Semifinals

Switzerland – Canada 0:4

1st Period

no scoring

2nd period

26:04 CAN Ott (Stoll) 0:1 SH
32:27 CAN Cammalleri (Sutherby) 0:2
33:35 CAN Sutherby (Ott) 0:3

3rd Period

58:28 CAN Ott (Schultz, Popovic) 0:4 empty net

The Swiss team wasn’t expected to be a big trouble for the
Canadian squad, as the Canadians faced the fourth team of the other
group. During the first minutes the Canadians have put the Swiss
under pressure and their rebounds were very dangerous. The
Swiss played defensively and created chances mostly on powerplays.
Emanuel Peter and Sven Helfenstein had breakaway chances but the
score didn’t change.
It changed at 6:04 of the second period. Jarret Stoll caught a bad
Swiss outlet pass and passed the puck to Steve Ott, who scored
the first goal.
Between 68 seconds in the middle of the second period it was
decided about the winner. First Mike Cammalleri scored his
seventh goal at this tounament and then Steve Ott showed his skating
skills when he won a race with a Swiss defenseman, failed to
deke Stephan, but Brian Sutherby picked up the rebound and finally
scored.
In the third period the Swiss team was doing everything to cut
the margin, but the Canadians controlled the game. In the 18th
minute Stephan was pulled out of his net. But at 18:28 Nick
Schultz got the puck, passed it to Steve Ott and was waiting what
happens. As Ott was crossing the red line, he aimed the shot and
sent the puck in the empty Swiss net. The decision fell. After
a 4:0 win the Canadians are with a silver medal at least.
Steve Ott and Raffaele Sannitz were selected the top players from
their respective teams.

Russia – Finland 2:1

1st Period

06:46 FIN Koivisto (Koivu, Jokinen) 0:1
10:40 RUS Chistov (unassisted) 1:1

2nd Period

no scoring

3rd Period

no scoring

Overtime

61:44 RUS Soin (Taratukhin) 2:1

Good shooting was dominating at both sides in the first minutes
if this contest. It was the Finnish team which grabbed the lead
when Toni Koivisto, a Florida Panthers prospect, rebounded a shot
of Finnish captain Mikko Koivu behind Andrei Medvedev’s back.
At 10:40 the game was already tied, Stanislav Chistov surprised
Kari Lehtonen in the Finnish net with his wrister from a tough
angle, which found his way into the Finnish net. Toni Koivisto
then had one more quality chance as he went on a breakaway after
deking two Russians, but it wasn’t a goal after all.
There wasn’t any goal also in the following two periods. Both
teams played tight defensively and were waiting for the mistakes
of the opposition. The Russian team was slightly better in those
two periods, but the Finnish defense was well coordinated.
So then the overtime had to decide. It didn’t take a lot of time, though.
First it looked like a normal chance. Andrei Taratukhin and
Sergei Soin went into the Finnish zone with the defensemen waiting
for them. Taratukhin fired a good tippable shot at Lehtonen and
Soin, the best Russian player in that game, deflected it right
under the crossbar, out of Lehtonen’s reach. The top Russian
player has beaten the top Finnish guy and sent the Russians
into the gold medal game after a 2:1 overtime win.

Placing games 5-8

Slovakia – Sweden 2:3

1st Period

04:27 SVK Kolozvary (Pohanka, Oravec) 1:0
12:26 SVK Hudec (Kopecky, Pohanka) 2:0

2nd Period

no scoring

3rd Period

45:51 SWE Widing (Sundqvist) 2:1 PP
50:10 SWE Hagos (Jamtin, Lundqvist) 2:2
57:52 SWE Backer (Widing) 2:3 PP

Czech Republic – USA 3:4

1st Period

06:15 USA Globke (Slater, Higgins) 0:1 PP
11:14 CZE Podlesak (Vondrka, Lukes) 1:1
12:43 CZE Blatak (Hemsky, Hudler) 2:1 PP

2nd Period

22:56 USA Hollweg (Eaves) 2:2 PP
27:13 USA Helminen (Komisarek, Steckel) 2:3 PP

3rd Period

53:35 CZE Plekanec (Blatak) 3:3
56:09 USA Brown (Vernarsky) 3:4