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Sunday 12th February 2012
Re: [Workington FC] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY
Oddset Hockey Games
Stockholm presented itself in the most splendid manner this Sunday morning, temperatures around 0C with the sun shining from a clear sky and we could see the Stockholmers doing their Sunday walks on the frozen lakes on our way to Globen. Globen holds around 13,500 spectators for ice hockey but in its cavernous inside it doesn’t look that many seats. It’s huge.
Russia v Czech Republic 0-4 (0-2,0-1,0-1), Admission SEK90 (£9), tournament programme SEK20, coffee, tea and chocolate SEK77 , att. 1157.
An insipid game, the Czech Republic took the lead on 2 mins and always looked in control adding three goals, one in each period, while playing 5 against 4.
Then out for a quick lunch in the adjacent Globen shopping centre before the main attraction of the day:
Sweden v Finland 3-1 (0-0,1-0,2-1), Admission SEK270, att. 9263.
What a difference to the first game, fast, fierce and full bloodied with a now decently filled Globen. One of the best ice hockey games I’ve seen. The Finns were a physical lot going hard on the Swedish keeper from the start which sparked a few skirmishes to the delight of the two very loud Finnish girls sitting right behind us. After a goalless 1st period, the Swedes upped the pace in the 2nd period and gave an awesome display of ice hockey. For long periods the Finns, and they aren’t a bad side, were pinned back in their own zone, with a back astonishingly hooking the puck off the line with the keeper beaten at one stage. The Swedish dominance resulted in three 2 mins sin bins for the Finns and at the third attempt Tre Kroner scored and what a goal. The forward cut in towards goal from the right wing lying off the puck diagonally to a back who, skating at speed, drilled an unstoppable shot just inside the post. Galvanised by their lead, the home team continued their dominance in the 3rd period and went further ahead when playing 6 against 5 with a Finnish sin bin waiting when a shot was steered by a forward right in front of the goal. At this stage it was all Sweden but then the Finnish Sisu struck in the following Swedish power play. A Finnish forward driving the puck forward, losing it near the Swedish goal, managing to win it back and turn and drop the puck between the Swedish keeper’s pads. Just as it seemed the home team were about to close the match it was opened again, almost 14 mins still to play. What followed was hugely entertaining, Sweden dominating play but Finland always ready to hit them on the break. Twice Finnish forwards had 1-on-1 situations with the Swedish keeper Victor Fasth and twice the keeper came out on top. Just as everyone was waiting for the final rally, Sweden punctured the game with a little less than two minutes remaining, a forward being allowed the freedom to circle the goal and bringing himself into a shooting position with the Finnish backs nowhere.
A well deserved Swedish win that also won them the mini tournament with 7 points from their 3 games with Czech Republic, Russia and Finland ending on 5, 3 and 3 points, respectively. Of course each side has numerous players in NHL but the players still around in Europe, and we were treated to some of the best of them, are also very, very good.