Хроника Хоккея


3 января. Россия - Финляндия 4:1 (1:1, 0:0, 3:0)
1:0 - Евгений Артюхин, 10:22
1:1 - Юсси Ниниимаки (Шён Бергенхэйм, Туомо Рууту), 18:28 (в большинстве)
2:1 - Юрий Трубачёв, 43:28
3:1 - Александр Пережогин (Игорь Григоренко), 44:05
4:1 - Игорь Григоренко, 47:22
Вратари: Андрей Медведев - Кари Лехтонен
Броски: 29 (10-10-9) - 27 (7-2-17). Штраф: 16:6

План финнов играть на котратаках и уповать в основном на своего голкипера Кари Лехтонена работал в течении первых двух периодов. В начале заключительной двадцатиминутке российской команде удалось его разрушить благодаря быстрым трём  голам в течении семи четырёх минут. В дальнейшем сборная Финляндии бросила все силы на то чтобы отыграться, но осталась у разбитого корыта не сумев восплоьзоваться даже ни одним из трёх удалений россиян. . . В середине вторго периода финская команда также безрезультатно провела 35 секунд при игре впятером против троих.

The Gazette: Defending champions jump on miscues. Russia 4, Finland 1
Flames' pick Medvedev shuts door on Finnish snipers, stops 25 shots
Russia will get the chance to defend its World Junior Hockey Championship after beating Finland 4-1 in yesterday's semifinal.
The Russians advanced to tomorrow's final against Canada, which beat the United States 3-2 last night in the other semifinal match.
Yuri Trubachev, Alexander Perezhogin, Igor Grigorenko and Moncton Wildcats forward Evgeni Artyukhin scored for Russia in front of 10,527 at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Jesse Niinimaki, a first-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, replied for Finland, who will play in the bronze-medal match for the second consecutive year.
Finland's strategy was to play defensive hockey and wait for their chances on the power play.
"There is nothing new in this," said Russian coach Rafail Ishmatov. "They attacked when they could and defended the rest of the time."
But the Finns were unable to convert a two-man advantage in the second period and a three-man advantage late in the third with two Russians in the penalty box and goaltender Kari Lehtonen on the bench.
Russia took advantage of two Finnish defensive mistakes early in the third. Trubachev, a Calgary Flames draft pick, scored at 3:28 and Perezhogin, property of the Canadiens, made it 3-1 at 4:05.
"We'd played two periods quite well and we thought if the situation was even to start the third period we could win," said Finland coach Erkka Westerlund. "But the Russians play so strong in one-on-one situations and that was the turning point at the beginning of the period."
Lehtonen could not save the day for Finland as he had done during the round-robin, allowing four goals on 29 shots. On Russia's fourth goal, Grigorenko, drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, banked the puck off Lehtonen's back and into the net.
Andrei Medvedev, a Calgary Flames draft pick, was not often challenged until late in the third period, stopping 25 shots.

Toronto Star: Another world junior championship tournament, another outstanding Russian team.
The Russians roared into the gold-medal game of this year's event tomorrow (7 p.m., TSN) by handling the hardworking Finns 4-1 yesterday afternoon at the Metro Centre, scoring twice in 37 seconds early in the third period to clinch the victory.
It's the fifth time in six years the Russians have qualified to fight for gold, winning twice and losing twice in those four previous championship game outings. They'll play the Canadians, who got by the U.S. 3-2 last night in the other semifinal.
Last year in the Czech Republic, Russia beat Canada 5-4 in the gold-medal game.
"I think this year's team is pretty much the same as last year," said Russian forward Igor Grigorenko. "It is quite powerful."
The Finns kept it close for two periods yesterday, battling to a 1-1 tie and keeping Russian teenage sensation Alexander Ovechkin well in check.
But the strapping Ovechkin found a way to make something happen, stripping Finnish blue-liner Jussi Timonen of the puck high in the offensive zone with three minutes gone in the third period and tipping the puck to teammate Yuri Trubachev.
Trubachev beat standout Finnish goalie Kari Lehtonen high to the glove side, and 37 seconds after that Alexander Perezhogin beat Lehtonen on a breakaway to ice the game.
For Lehtonen, taken second overall in the NHL draft last June by Atlanta, it was a weak finish to a tournament in which he was considered to be of such quality that the Finns were mentioned as a pre-tournament favourite to win gold.
He gave up nine goals in his final two starts, and yesterday he was mediocre at best, with three of the four goals questionable.
"But I don't believe any of the goals were easy," said Russian winger Evgeni Artyukhin, who plays for the Moncton Wildcat juniors and scored the game's first goal yesterday.
As has become their trademark in recent years, the Russians were extremely efficient defensively, with Leaf draft pick Maxim Kondratiev strong on the blue line and rotund Calgary draft Andrei Medvedev effective in net when he had to be.
Ovechkin flattened Finland's top blue-liner, Joni Pitkanen, just 10 seconds into the game, and for the first half of the period it appeared the Finns were going to be run out of the rink.
Just past the 10-minute mark, Artyukhin cut right to left diagonally through the neutral zone on a solo dash, then slashed the other way in the Finnish zone to beat two defenders and lift a backhander over Lehtonen's left shoulder on the short side.
The Finns soon began to generate some chances, however, mostly off Russian defensive-zone turnovers, although they misfired badly on a golden 4-on-3 power play without managing a single shot.
Just past the 17-minute mark, Lehtonen made a brilliant save on Perezhogin cutting across the goal crease, and an instant later Perezhogin hooked down a Finnish defender to give the Finns another power play.
A minute later, Jesse Niinimaki beat Medvedev from the left circle to tie the game 1-1, a score that would last into the third period.
After scoring 21 goals in their four round-robin games in the weaker Pool A, the Russians at first seemed frustrated by their inability to penetrate the Finnish zone.

3 января. Канада – США 3:2 (1:1, 1:0, 1:1)
1:0 – Натан Паетш (Кайл Уэллвуд), 4:24
1:1 – Эрик Нистрём (Зак Паризе), 9:12 (в меньшинстве)
2:1 – Пьерр-Марк Бушард (Карло Колайаково, Пьерр-Александр Паренто), 37:26 (в большинстве).
2:2 - Раян Кеслер (Джэймс Уиснеуски, Марк Стюарт), 41:06 (в большинстве 5 на 3)
3:2 – Джефф Войуитка (Маттью Стаян, Джордин Туту), 51:40
Вратари: Марк-Андре Флери – Роберт Гоепферт
Броски: 42 (14-14-14) – 15 (5-7-3). Штраф: 20-16.


Gazette: Revenge is so sweet, especially when it comes to international hockey.
Canada will get the opportunity to exact some measure of revenge against the Russians - its most heated on-ice rival - tomorrow night in the gold-medal game of the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Canada guaranteed its participation in the game last night by defeating the United States 3-2 in a semifinal before a boisterous and patriotic capacity crowd of more than 10,000 spectators at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Russia, the defending tournament champs, defeated Finland 4-1 earlier in the day in the other semifinal.
Defenceman Jeff Woywitka, who plays for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, sent Canada to the final by scoring the winning goal at 11:40 of the third period.
Woywitka, a draft choice of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, scored on a low shot from the slot. It was his first goal of the tournament.
The crowd, many of whom were dressed in either red or white - this country's colours - and waved Canadian flags, started making noise during the pre-game warmup, banging together thunder sticks that have been distributed throughout the 11-day tournament and chanting "Go Canada Go."
At the conclusion the delirious fans screamed: "We want gold."
The crowd erupted fewer than five minutes into the game when Nathan Paetsch, a draft choice of the NHL's Washington Capitals, opened the scoring, beating goaltender Robert Goepfert with a shot from the blueline.
Eric Nystrom, whose NHL rights belong to the Calgary Flames, tied the score at 9:12 of the first period while the Americans were shorthanded.
The Canadians continued to control the play, only to be denied repeatedly by Goepfert, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice who played for Providence College.
But Canada solved the mystery at 17:26 of the second period, while on the power-play. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, second cousins who grew up in the same Boucherville neighbourhood, teamed up for the goal; Bouchard converting Parenteau's pass.
Canada ran into penalty trouble at the end of the period when it received three successive minors in 48 seconds.
Ryan Kesler, who's eligible for this June's draft, tied the score early in the third period while the Americans had a two-man advantage.
The Canadian juniors have been waiting a year to atone for last year's demoralizing 5-4 loss to the Russians in the final of the tournament that was played in the Czech Republic. The Canadians blew a 3-1 lead in that game.
Canada will be seeking its 11th junior title, its first since 1997.

Первая страничка молодежных чемпионатов мира 2003 года
Подгруппа А - подробнее
Россия, Швейцари, США, Словакия, Белоруссия
Подгруппа В - подробнее
Канада, Финляндия, Чехия, Швеция, Германия
За 7-10 места - подробнее
Швейцария, Швеция, Германия, Белоруссия
1/4 финала - подробнее
США - Чехия
Финляндия - Словакия
1/2 финала - подробнее
Россия - Финляндия
Канада - США
Финал - подробнее
За 5 место. Словакия - Чехия
За 3 место. США - Финляндия
За 1 место. Канада - Россия
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Молодежные чемпионаты мира (до 20 лет) 2003 года.