Finns win again

Tournament roundups: Home team claims Karjala Tournament

11.11.2013
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Reason to celebrate: Finland finished the 2013 Karjala Tournament ahead of Russia while Petri Kontiola (left) was named Best Forward of the event. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images

ZURICH/MUNICH – Finland continued its winning ways in the Euro Hockey Tour and also claimed the second event, the Karjala Tournament, on home ice in Helsinki. Team USA won the Deutschland Cup in Munich in other international break action.

Finland extended its undefeated streak this season to 5-0 when it defeated Russia 4-3 on Thursday and the Czech Republic 3-2 on Saturday. A 3-2 overtime loss against neighbouring Sweden was enough to claim first place again and to extend the lead in the Euro Hockey Tour. The Finns now have 16 points out of six games, seven more than second-placed Russia.

Strong team play was the key for the Finnish Lions. Petri Kontiola was named Best Forward with two points and led the offence in scoring together with Jori Lehterä and Sakari Salminen. Only one Finnish player had more points, defenceman Jere Karalahti.

However, in team statistics the Finns shone. They created most shots on goal, 94, and allowed the fewest, 74. With these figures it even didn’t matter that the Finns were not that efficient either in scoring nor in the goalies’ save percentages.

Individually it was players from other teams who had a great weekend. Swede Henrik Karlsson was named Best Goalkeeper with a save percentage of 97.01 per cent. Not bad for a player who has yet to play in a big event. The 29-year-old returned from three years with limited ice time in the NHL and AHL to play only his second full season in the top Swedish league where he signed with Skellefteå, the current leader of the Swedish Elitserien.

Russian goalkeeper Alexander Yeryomenko also had a strong showing with a 96.23% save percentage while his teammate Andrei Zubarev was named Best Defenceman.

The scoring stats were dominated by Swedes and Russians. Pär Arlbrandt was the scoring leader with two goals and two assists for four points followed by his teammates David Ullström (1+3), Linus Klasen (3+0) and Russia’s Enver Lisin (2+1).

Russia recovered from the opening night loss to Finland and earned second place with a 5-2 victory over Sweden and a 2-0 blanking of the Czech Republic. Sweden still had a chance to take the tournament on the last day, but the overtime win against the Finns wasn’t enough to improve from third place. The Czechs finished in last place for the second straight tournament.

The next best event among men’s national teams in the November break is traditionally the Deutschland Cup in Munich. This year it was won by a Team USA composed of players from various European leagues led by Tim Stapleton, Peter Mueller, Clay Wilson and Jeremy Dehner.

The Americans didn’t start the tournament like a favourite, losing to eventually fourth-ranked Slovakia 4-3 in a shootout and narrowly avoiding a defeat in the second game against Switzerland. Team USA managed to turn a 4-2 deficit against the Swiss with three goals in the last 13 minutes of play to get the first win. And also in the last game against Germany they claimed a 7-4 victory despite having been behind 3-1.

The seven points were exactly enough to finish the tournament one point ahead of Switzerland. The Swiss seemed to be a pre-tournament favourite as the recent silver medalists of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, but two weeks before the event head coach Sean Simpson announced that he will form two teams for the November and December breaks with the B-team in Munich and a roster of almost all World Championship silver medalists next month on home ice in Arosa.

Simpson wasn’t happy about the last-minute loss to the U.S. that cost his team the tournament win. However, he was proud that the young players of his second squad managed to beat a hard-working German team 3-2 in a shootout and to blank a Slovak team with almost all top players from the KHL and other European leagues 3-0.

It was a bitter ending on Sunday for Germany whose captain Michael Wolf scored four goals. In front of a sell-out crowd of 6,000 fans at the ice rink in the Olympic Park of 1972 the Germans were close to defending last year’s tournament winners but ended up in third place after the United States’ coming-from-behind win.

Even worse were the results after the game. Voters in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and two more Bavarian communities said “Nein” to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid, which will not be entered before the IOC’s deadline on Thursday. The bid was one of the reasons the tournament has been staged in Munich for the last few in hopes of garnering more local support for the Games.

In Stavanger, Denmark won both exhibition games against host Norway, 4-3 and 3-2. Morten Madsen scored three goals for the Danish team. Latvia hosted two exhibition games in Riga defeating Russia’s B-team 4-1 in the first game while losing the second 4-3 in a shootout.

Two events of the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge that includes nations ranked 13th-27th were also held during the break.

The tournament with the higher-ranked teams took place in another Olympic city, Innsbruck. And there France confirmed its upward trend from recent years. Les Bleus defeated Austria 3-1, edged this season’s World Championship host Belarus in a 2-1 shootout victory and sealed the tournament win by beating Slovenia 5-3.

It wasn’t always easy though. The French had to rely on scoring efficiency as they were outshot in each game. In the last match Slovenia even got the lead early in the third period before France replied with three unanswered markers. Nicolas Ritz (2+2) and Damien Fleury (3+0) had three great days of offensive action and efficiency while both goalkeepers – Florian Hardy and Ronan Quemener – were above the 95 per cent mark.

Belarus finished in second place thanks to a 3-0 blanking of Austria on the last day and despite being beaten by the same result against Slovenia in the first game.
Among the best players of coach Glen Hanlon’s team were Vitali Koval and Vitali Belinski. The two goalkeepers had a save percentage of just over 95 per cent while Canada-born Kevin Lalande didn’t play in the net. But the other naturalized Canadian, Geoff Platt, had his first games in the Belarusian jersey. Offensively, Yevgeni Kovyrshin was the most productive Belarusian with three points (2+1).

Austria and Slovenia, the two teams relegated to Division I this year but who won their qualification tournaments for Sochi 2014, finished the tournament with one win each. Austria claimed third place in a 2-0 victory against the Slovenes.

The tournament in Budapest also included teams from different tiers. Host Hungary plays in the Division I Group A along with recently-promoted Ukraine while Poland and Romania compete in the Division I Group B. But surprisingly it was the Poles who walked away with the tournament.

The Poles lost the first game to Hungary 2-1 in a shootout but got the points needed in a 5-2 victory against Ukraine and a 6-0 blanking of Romania.

It was two strong lines that created the offence to overcome the higher-ranked opponents. Adam Baginski (3+1), Marek Strzyzowski (2+2) and Leszek Laszkiewicz (1+3) all had four points and a +4 rating while Przemyslaw Odrobny and Tomasz Witkowski shone in the net.

The Ukrainians with tournament scoring leader Sergi Varlamov had to settle for second place thanks to a 1-0 edging of pre-tournament favourite Hungary in the last game. Romania finished in last place with three losses.

U20 Tournaments

Sweden confirmed its current ranking as the best European nation in the U20 category and won the Four Nations Tournament in the Moscow suburb of Novogorsk.

The Swedes started with three unanswered goals after seven minutes of play from Oskar Sundqvist (2) and Filip Sandberg against the Czech Republic and eventually won the game 3-1.

The tournament was already decided on Day 2 as the “Juniorkronorna” defeated Russia 4-2. Again the Sweden started with multiple unanswered goals. Anton Karlsson, Robert Hägg, Andreas Johnson and Alexander Wennberg made it a 4-0 lead after 41 minutes of play. In the last game that had no meaning for the tournament win, Sweden lost to Finland 3-2 in a shootout.

Host Russia did better in the other games. Thanks to three power-play goals they defeated Finland 3-2 in the opening game and faced little challenge in a 6-1 victory against the Czech Republic to claim second place. Bogdan Yakimov and Vyacheslav Osnovin had two goals each throughout the tournament.

Finland finished the event in third place thanks to a 4-3 shootout victory against winless Czech Republic.

The other four European nations that will compete in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö played at the International Chablais Hockey Trophy in Monthey, Switzerland.

The first two days were dominated by Switzerland and Slovakia, who won their games against Norway and Germany with lopsided scores to set up a close final on Sunday.

Before 1,672 fans in the mountain village Switzerland won an offensive-minded game with strong goaltending 3-2.

Marco Müller and Christoph Bertschy brought Switzerland the lead twice but Marko Dano tied it up with his two markers. The game-winning goal came just three minutes later at 15:52 of the second period from Kevin Fiala. The score of 3-2 remained until the end of the game despite increasing pressure from the Slovaks in the last period. Goalkeeper Melvin Nyffeler, who recently had his debut in the top men’s league NLA, helped his team with 43 saves.

Norway finished the event in third place thanks to a 5-0 victory against Germany. It was an important test for the recently promoted Norwegians since these two teams are seeded on bottom in the upcoming World Juniors, where the last-ranked team will be relegated.

Some of the best Division I nations competed at the Sergejs Zoltoks Memorial in Riga. The competition turned out to be a nightmare for the recently relegated hosts as they suffered three tight losses.

Denmark and Belarus remained undefeated after two days and played each other for first place on the last day. The Danes won 2-1 thanks to two second-period goals from Mikkel Aagård Hansen and Nicolai Zorko. Yegor Voronov cut the lead in the third period but the Belarusians didn’t manage to tie the score.

Austria finished the event in third place after a 2-1 victory over Latvia.

Slovenia won a Four Nations Tournament on home ice in Jesenice after defeating France 1-0 in a battle for first place.

World Junior A Challenge

Team USA won the annual World Junior A Challenge in Canada with junior teams of mixed age categories. This year’s event took place in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The U.S. team, composed of players from the USHL between the age of 17 and 20 defeated Russia (8-3) and Canada East (4-2) in the group stage, the Swiss U19 national team (7-4) in the semi-finals and the Russian U18 national team (4-1) in the gold medal game.

Karson Kuhlmann, Kyle Connor, Andrew Oglevie and C.J. Franklin scored for the United States in the final match. Yegor Korchkov had the only goal of the game for the Russians.

Canada West claimed bronze in a 5-3 win against Switzerland. The Swiss U19 team came back from a 3-0 deficit but Canada West scored two goals in the last three minutes of play.

U18 Tournaments

Sweden won a tight Four Nations Tournament in Turku, Finland.

The Swedes opened the event with a 3-2 victory against Team USA but were stopped by Switzerland in the second game. The Swiss won the game 2-1 thanks to a strong game by Kevin Fehr in the net and Sin Schläpfer’s game winner with a penalty shot late in the third period.

Sweden still had the chance to win the tournament with a victory against Finland on the last day and that’s exactly what happened. Oskar Lindblom opened the scoring for the Swedes, and after Finland had tied the game Emil Johansson’s slap shot in the third period became the game winner.

Team USA, which provided the top scorers of the event with Jack Eichel (4+3), Alex Tuch (3+3) and Sonny Milano (2+4), finished the event in second place ahead of Finland and Switzerland.

Germany won the Four Nations Tournament on home ice in Füssen. After losing 2-1 in a shootout against Denmark, the Germans improved with wins against Slovakia (3-1) and Belarus (5-2). Denmark had another shootout win – 6-5 against Belarus – but dropped to third place after losing 6-2 to the second-ranked Slovaks.

Belarus finished in last place despite having the top-two scorers on their team with Dmitri Buinitski (4+3) and Kirill Markevich (3+3).

Also Austria won its tournament on home ice in Telfs with seven points. The Austrians started with a 4-2 win against Italy but lost to Slovenia 4-3 in a shootout. Despite the defeat the Austrian won the event because Slovenia had lost to Hungary (5-4) on the opening day and Austria defeated second-ranked Hungary 3-1 in the deciding game.

Latvia won two out of three games on the road in Skien against the Norwegian U18 national team while France won two matches in a three-game series against Poland.

NOTE: A roundup of the women’s events will follow separately.

MARTIN MERK
  <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="6">MEN'S TOURNAMENTS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Euro Hockey Tour - Karjala-turnaus in Finland
</td></tr><tr class="even"><td width="42">7 Nov.</td><td>Helsinki</td><td>Russia</td><td>- </td><td>Finland</td><td width="38">3-4</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Gävle (SWE)</td><td>Sweden</td><td>- </td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>6-0</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Helsinki</td><td>Sweden</td><td>- </td><td>Russia</td><td>2-5</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Helsinki</td><td>Finland</td><td>- </td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>3-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Helsinki</td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>- </td><td>Russia</td><td>0-2</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Helsinki</td><td>Finland</td><td>- </td><td>Sweden</td><td>2-3 OT</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Finland 7, 2. Russia 6, 3. Sweden 5, 4. Czech Rep. 0.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings EHT: 1. Finland 16, 2. Russia 9, 3. Sweden 8, 4. Czech Rep. 3.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Deutschland Cup in Germany
</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>USA</td><td>- </td><td>Slovakia</td><td>3-4 SO</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Switzerland</td><td>2-3 SO</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Slovakia</td><td>2-0</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>Switzerland</td><td>- </td><td>USA</td><td>4-5</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>Slovakia</td><td>- </td><td>Switzerland</td><td>0-3</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Munich</td><td>USA</td><td>- </td><td>Germany</td><td>7-4</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. USA 7, 2. Switzerland 5, 3. Germany 4, 4. Slovakia 2.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in Austria</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>Belarus</td><td>- </td><td>Slovenia</td><td>0-3</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>France</td><td>- </td><td>Austria</td><td>3-1</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>France</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>2-1 SO</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Slovenia</td><td>2-0</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>Slovenia</td><td>- </td><td>France</td><td>2-5</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Innsbruck</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>0-3</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. France, 2. Belarus 4, 3. Austria 3, 4. Slovenia 3.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in Hungary</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Romania</td><td>- </td><td>Ukraine</td><td>1-6</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Hungary</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>2-1 SO</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Ukraine</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>2-5</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Hungary</td><td>- </td><td>Romania</td><td>5-0</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Poland</td><td>- </td><td>Romania</td><td>6-0</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Budapest</td><td>Ukraine</td><td>- </td><td>Hungary</td><td>1-0</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Poland 7, 2. Ukraine 6, 3. Hungary 5, 4. Romania 0.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Other games</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Latvia</td><td>- </td><td>Russia B</td><td>4-1</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Stavanger</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Denmark</td><td>3-4</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Latvia</td><td>- </td><td>Russia B</td><td>3-4 SO</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Stavanger</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Denmark</td><td>2-3</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">U20 TOURNAMENTS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Four Nations Tournament in Russia</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>- </td><td>Sweden</td><td>1-3</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Russia</td><td>- </td><td>Finland</td><td>3-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Finland</td><td>- </td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>4-3 SO</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Russia</td><td>- </td><td>Sweden</td><td>2-4</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Sweden</td><td>- </td><td>Finland</td><td>2-3 SO</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Novogorsk</td><td>Russia</td><td>- </td><td>Czech Rep.</td><td>6-1</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Sweden 7, 2. Russia 6, 3. Finland 4, 4. Czech Rep. 1.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">International Chablais Hockey Trophy in Switzerland</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Slovakia</td><td>- </td><td>Germany</td><td>6-0</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Switzerland</td><td>3-9</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Slovakia</td><td>- </td><td>Norway</td><td>3-0</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Switzerland</td><td>- </td><td>Germany</td><td>9-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Norway</td><td>0-5</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Monthey</td><td>Switzerland</td><td>- </td><td>Slovakia</td><td>3-2</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Switzerland 9, 2. Slovakia 6, 3. Norway 3, 4. Germany 0.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Sergejs Zoltoks Memorial in Latvia</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>0-4</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Denmark</td><td>- </td><td>Latvia</td><td>1-0</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Denmark</td><td>- </td><td>Austria</td><td>5-2</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Latvia</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>2-4</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Belarus</td><td>- </td><td>Denmark</td><td>1-2</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Riga</td><td>Latvia</td><td>- </td><td>Austria</td><td>1-2</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Denmark 9, 2. Belarus 6, 3. Austria 3, 4. Latvia 0.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Four Nations Tournament in Slovenia</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>France</td><td>- </td><td>Hungary</td><td>7-4</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>Slovenia</td><td>- </td><td>Italy</td><td>3-2 SO</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>Italy</td><td>- </td><td>France</td><td>1-3</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>Slovenia</td><td>- </td><td>Hungary</td><td>5-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>Slovenia</td><td>- </td><td>France</td><td>1-0</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Jesenice</td><td>Hungary</td><td>- </td><td>Italy</td><td>1-0</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Slovenia 8, 2. France 6, 3. Hungary 3, 4. Italy 1.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Other games</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Krakow</td><td>Cracovia Krakow</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>1-2</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Ostrava</td><td>Vitkovice U20</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>4-1</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Donetsk</td><td>Ukraine</td><td>- </td><td>Moloda Gvardia</td><td>5-4 SO</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Donetsk</td><td>Moloda Gvardia</td><td>- </td><td>Ukraine</td><td>6-0</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">U18 TOURNAMENTS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">World Junior A Challenge (U18-U20)</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>4 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>SUI U19</td><td>- </td><td>CAN West</td><td>3-4</td></tr><tr><td>4 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>CAN East</td><td>- </td><td>RUS U18</td><td>2-6</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>5 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>CZE U18</td><td>- </td><td>CAN West</td><td>1-4</td></tr><tr><td>5 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>RUS U18</td><td>- </td><td>USA</td><td>3-8</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>6 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>SUI U19</td><td>- </td><td>CZE U18</td><td>2-0</td></tr><tr><td>6 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>USA</td><td>- </td><td>CAN East</td><td>4-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>CZE U18</td><td>- </td><td>RUS U18 (QF)</td><td>1-3</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>CAN East</td><td>- </td><td>SUI U19 (QF)</td><td>4-5 OT</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>RUS U18</td><td>- </td><td>CAN West (SF)</td><td>5-2</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>SUI U19</td><td>- </td><td>USA (SF)</td><td>4-7</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Liverpool</td><td>CAN East</td><td>- </td><td>CZE U18 (5th)</td><td>5-7</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>SUI U19</td><td>- </td><td>CAN West (3rd)</td><td>3-5</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Yarmouth</td><td>RUS U18</td><td>- </td><td>USA (1st)</td><td>1-4</td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td>- </td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. USA, 2. RUS U18, 3. CAN W, 4. SUI U19, 5. CZE U18, 5. CAN E.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Four Nations Tournament in Finland</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>6 Nov.</td><td>Paimio</td><td>Finland</td><td>- </td><td>USA (exh.)</td><td>3-2</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>Sweden</td><td>- </td><td>USA</td><td>3-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>Finland</td><td>- </td><td>Switzerland</td><td>5-1</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>Switzerland</td><td>- </td><td>Sweden</td><td>2-1</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>USA</td><td>- </td><td>Finland</td><td>4-3 OT</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>USA</td><td>- </td><td>Switzerland</td><td>6-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Turku</td><td>Sweden</td><td>- </td><td>Finland</td><td>2-1</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Sweden 6, 2. USA 5, 3. Finland 4, 4. Switzerland 3.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Four Nations Tournament in Germany</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Slovakia</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>5-3</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Denmark</td><td>1-2 SO</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Denmark</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>6-5 SO</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Slovakia</td><td>3-1</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Slovakia</td><td>- </td><td>Denmark</td><td>6-2</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Füssen</td><td>Germany</td><td>- </td><td>Belarus</td><td>5-2</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Germany 7, 2. Slovakia 6, 3. Denmark 4, 4. Belarus 1.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Austrian Hockey Tournament</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>6 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Hungary</td><td>- </td><td>Slovenia</td><td>5-4</td></tr><tr><td>6 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Italy</td><td>4-2</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Slovenia</td><td>3-4 SO</td></tr><tr><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Hungary</td><td>- </td><td>Italy</td><td>2-1</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Austria</td><td>- </td><td>Hungary</td><td>3-1</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Telfs</td><td>Slovenia</td><td>- </td><td>Italy</td><td>3-1</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Standings: 1. Austria 7, 2. Hungary 6, 3. Slovenia 5, 4. Italy 0.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Other games:</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>7 Nov.</td><td>Méribel</td><td>France</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>6-1</td></tr><tr><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Skien</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Latvia</td><td>6-4</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>8 Nov.</td><td>Méribel</td><td>France</td><td>- </td><td>Poland</td><td>5-0</td></tr><tr><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Skien</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Latvia</td><td>3-5</td></tr><tr class="even"><td>9 Nov.</td><td>Méribel</td><td>Poland</td><td>- </td><td>France</td><td>3-0</td></tr><tr><td>10 Nov.</td><td>Skien</td><td>Norway</td><td>- </td><td>Latvia</td><td>0-2</td></tr></tbody></table>

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