ŠKODA WM News Main Sponsor
What a last period: Finland is the new champion

<- Back to: HOME

Finland is the new world champion. They beat Sweden 6-1 for their second title. Both teams knew the importance of the game and played very defensively during the first part of the game. Paajarvi with a wrist shot scored first for Sweden in the second period, Immonen tied in powerplay and two fast goals in the last period paved the way for Finland. It was an uncredible last period for Finland that scored five goals in the last 20 minutes of the tournament. It was the fourth time that Sweden and Finland competed in an IIHF WC final. In 1992 und 1998 Sweden was the winner, but in 1995 Finland beat Sweden in Stockholm. It was the first WC titel for Finland. Despite of the final Swedens Goalie Viktor Fasth won the Media MVP voting. The trophy for the MVP was handed over by the head of ŠKODA, Prof. Dr. h.c. Vahland.

In an offensive und wild bronze medal game the Czech Republic took the third place with a 7-4 win against Russia. Roman Cervenka had three goals and an assist for the Czechs, Petr Prucha added two goals and an assist. Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice for Russia. „It was exciting for the fans but not for the coaches“, offered Alois Hadamczik, coach of Czech Republic, after the game. The game looked like an old style hockey game with coast-to-coast-hockey. „We made too many mistakes, especially in the second period“, was Wjatscheslaw Bykow, coach of Russia, disappointed after the game. It was the fifth loss for his team in this tournament - something never happened in the history so far. And the last time a Russian team got seven goals against was 1997 against Finland. „We are very happy to bring home a medal. Certainly we battled for winning gold but this bronze medal with the second win against Russia let us feel much better“, said Hadamczik.

On the final day the OC in his conclusion was very happy about the WC: „We had 406.000 spectators in the arenas in Bratislava and Kosice. That is a very satisfying result“, said OC-Chairman Igor Nemecek. „The participating teams were very happy and full of praise.“ More than 1.000 media representatives followed the chamionship in Bratislava and Kosice

Copyright IIHF. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions