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Shardik
24-05-2007, 17:00
Nordic Trophy, (FIN, SWE), 9 August - 8 September 2007

http://www.internationalhockey.net/tourlogos/nordic_trophy.gif
The unofficial Nordic Club Championship

Participants

http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Sweden.gif • Djurgårdens IF (http://www.difhockey.se/?start), Sweden
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Sweden.gif • Frölunda Indians (http://www.frolundaindians.com/), Sweden
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Sweden.gif • Färjestads BK (http://www.farjestadsbk.se/), Sweden
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Finland.gif • HIFK Helsinki (http://www.hifk.fi/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1), Finland
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Finland.gif • Kärpät Oulu (http://www.oulunkarpat.fi/), Finland
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Sweden.gif • Linköpings HC (http://www.linkopinghc.com/), Sweden
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Finland.gif • Tappara Tampere (http://www.tappara.fi/), Finland
http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_ani/Finland.gif • TPS Turku (http://hc.tps.fi/index.html), Finland

Schedule*

9 August 2007, 18:30, Kärpät Oulu - Tappara Tampere 3-4
14 August 2007, 19:00, Frölunda Indians - Djurgårdens IF (in Kungälv) 3-2
14 August 2007, 19:00, Färjestads BK - Linköpings HC (in Munkfors) 4-3
16 August 2007, 18:30, HIFK Helsinki - TPS Turku 3-4 PS
16 August 2007, 19:00, Djurgårdens IF - Linköpings HC (in Enköping) 1-2 OT
16 August 2007, 19:00, Frölunda Indians - Färjestads BK (in Borås) 4-5 PS
18 August 2007, 15:00, Kärpät Oulu - HIFK Helsinki 3-2 OT
22 August 2007, 18:30, TPS Turku - Linköpings HC 4-0
22 August 2007, 18:30, Tappara Tampere - Frölunda Indians (in Lempäälä) 2-3
22 August 2007, 18:30, Kärpät Oulu - Djurgårdens IF 6-5
23 August 2007, 18:00, Tappara Tampere - Färjestads BK 3-2 OT
23 August 2007, 18:30, TPS Turku - Djurgårdens IF 2-1
23 August 2007, 18:30, HIFK Helsinki - Frölunda Indians 2-3
23 August 2007, 18:30, Kärpät Oulu - Linköpings HC 3-2
24 August 2007, 18:30, HIFK Helsinki - Färjestads BK 5-3
28 August 2007, 17:30, TPS Turku - Tappara Tampere 2-3 PS
28 August 2007, 19:00, Frölunda Indians - Kärpät Oulu (in Borås) 3-2 PS
29 August 2007, 19:00, Djurgårdens IF - HIFK Helsinki (in Vallentuna) 7-2
29 August 2007, 19:00, Linköpings HC - Tappara Tampere (in Motala) 1-3
29 August 2007, 19:00, Färjestads BK - TPS Turku (in Arvika) 5-2
30 August 2007, 19:00, Djurgårdens IF - Tappara Tampere (in Norrtälje) 2-1
30 August 2007, 19:00, Frölunda Indians - TPS Turku (in Kungsbacka) 7-5
30 August 2007, 19:00, Linköpings HC - HIFK Helsinki 4-0
30 August 2007, 19:00, Färjestads BK - Kärpät Oulu (in Kristinehamn) 3-4
4 September 2007, 18:00, TPS Turku - Kärpät Oulu 0-4
4 September 2007, 18:30, Tappara Tampere - HIFK Helsinki 4-2
4 September 2007, 19:00, Linköpings HC - Frölunda Indians (in Mjölby) 7-2
4 September 2007, 19:00, Färjestads BK - Djurgårdens IF 5-1
7 September 2007, 15:30, TPS Turku - Linköpings HC (5th Place, in Helsinki) 3-2
7 September 2007, 19:30, Tappara Tampere - Färjestads BK (Bronze, in Helsinki) 2-3
8 September 2007, 15:00, Djurgårdens IF - HIFK Helsinki (7th Place, in Helsinki) 6-4
8 September 2007, 19:00, Kärpät Oulu - Frölunda Indians (Final, in Helsinki) 5-2

* Subject to change, times are local times

Standings

Rank|Team||GP|W|OTW|OTL|L|GF-GA|PTS
1|Kärpät Oulu |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|7|4|1|1|1|25-19|11|
2|Frölunda Indians |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|7|4|1|1|1|25-25|11|
3|Tappara Tampere |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|7|3|2|0|2|20-15|10|
4|Färjestads BK |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|7|3|1|1|2|27-22|9|
5|TPS Turku |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|7|2|1|1|3|19-23|7|
6|Linköpings HC |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|7|2|1|0|4|19-17|6|
7|Djurgårdens IF |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|7|2|0|1|4|19-21|5|
8|HIFK Helsinki |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|7|1|0|2|4|16-28|4|

Points awarded as follows. 2 points for any win, 1 point for OT/PS loss, 0 points for regular time loss.

Previous Year

1. Färjestads BK
2. Kärpät Oulu
3. Djurgårdens IF

Official site http://www.nordictrophy.com/

Shardik
30-05-2007, 17:54
Some new decisions were made in Turku about the future of the Nordic Trophy.

Next year's final weekend will be played in Stockholm. The tourney will look for more coverage and credibility. Four tv networks from Sweden and Finland are interested in televizing the final weekend. This year will also see the first U20 Nordic Trophy with the same participating teams. This will be played in Helsinki in 23-26 August. Next year this tourney as well will be played in Sweden.

Monetary issues: Each team pays 25,000 € entrance fee. The winner gets 60,000 € as prize money, even the last placed team gets 3,000 €. The teams cover their expenses themselves and also collect the ticket fees directly.

Story in Finnish (http://www.turunsanomat.fi/urheilu/?ts=1,3:1006:0:0,4:6:0:1:2007-05-30,104:6:462509,1:0:0:0:0:0:)

Karsten
27-06-2007, 13:43
Nordic Trophys website:

http://www.nordictrophy.com/

Shardik
06-08-2007, 18:50
Rosters

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/dif.gifDjurgårdens IF
Goalies Daniel Larsson, Mark Owuya, Stefan Ridderwall
Defenders David Printz, Ronnie Pettersson, Dennis Persson, Jiri Marusak http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/czechrepublic.gif , Oscar Eklund, Thomas Johansson, Timmy Pettersson, Edvin Frylén, Fredrik Ericson
Forwards Kristoffer Ottosson, Patric Hörnqvist, Dick Axelsson, Nichlas Falk, Niklas Anger, Jimmie Ölvestad, Christian Eklund, Andreas Engqvist, Fredrik Bremberg, Pär Bäcker, Morten Ask http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/norway.gif , Nicklas Danielsson

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/frolunda.gifFrölunda Indians
Goalies Joel Gistedt , Ari Ahonen http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Robin Rahm
Defenders Philip Larsen http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/denmark.gif , Antti-Jussi Niemi http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Tuukka Mäntylä http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Ronnie Sundin, Oscar Ackeström, Toni Söderholm http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Jonas Ahnelöv, Andreas Holmqvist
Forwards Michael Holmqvist, Justin Morrison http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/usa.gif , Fredrik Pettersson, Magnus Kahnberg, Karl Fabricius, Jonas Nordquist, Steve Kariya http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Mikael Johansson, Jonas Esbjörs, Niklas Andersson, Martin Plüss http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/switzerland.gif , Jonas Johnson, Johan Andersson, Tomi Kallio http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/farjestad.gifFärjestads BK
Goalies Christopher Heino-Lindberg, Jonas Gustafsson
Defenders Johan Motin, Stefan Erkgärds, Jesper Mattsson, Dominik Granak http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/slovakia.gif , Jonas Frögren, Thomas Rhodin, Jens Skålberg, Richard Lintner http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/slovakia.gif , David Cullen http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif
Forwards Eero Somervuori http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Pelle Prestberg, Esa Pirnes http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Jonas Höglund, Peter Nordström, Jörgen Jönsson, Per Åslund, Martin Johansson, Emil Kåberg, Andreas Johansson, Christian Söderström, Rickard Wallin, Mathias Johansson, Mikael Johansson, Fabian Brunnström

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/hifk_helsinki.gifHIFK Helsinki
Goalies Jan Lundell, Aleksis Ahlqvist, Jani Nieminen
Defenders Teemu Laakso, Mikko Turunen, Joni Haverinen, Timo Seppänen, Hannu Pikkarainen, Ilkka Heikkinen, Aleksi Holmberg, Lasse Korhonen, Tommi Kovanen, Charlie Cook http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/usa.gif , Tuomas Eskelinen
Forwards Kimmo Kuhta, Steve Guolla http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Miikka Jouhkimainen, Rem Murray http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Juha Fagerstedt, Jermu Porthen, Janne Laakkonen, Jussi Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Ilkka Pikkarainen, Max Wärn, Janne Keränen, Pasi Nielikäinen, Ryan Vesce http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/usa.gif

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/karpat.gifKärpät Oulu
Goalies Jaakko Suomalainen, Tuomas Tarkki
Defenders Oskari Korpikari, Antti Ylönen, Ilkka Mikkola, Topi Jaakola, Joni Liljeblad, Mikko Lehtonen, Jukka-Pekka Laamanen
Forwards Hannes Hyvönen, Teemu Normio, Veikko Karppinen, Kristian Kuusela, Mikko Alikoski, Janne Pesonen, Tommi Paakkolanvaara, Michal Bros http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/czechrepublic.gif , Timo Vertala, Kalle Sahlstedt, Antti Aarnio, Juhamatti Aaltonen, Ondrej Kratena http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/czechrepublic.gif , Tomi Mustonen

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/linkoping.gifLinköpings HC
Goalies Rastislav Stana http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/slovakia.gif , Jonas Fransson, Christian Engstrand
Defenders Andreas Pihl, Burke Henry http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Daniel Fernholm, Calle Gunnarsson, Johan Fransson, Ivan Majesky http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/slovakia.gif , Viktor Ekbom, Jonas Junland
Forwards Tony Mårtensson, Joakim Eriksson, Patrik Zackrisson, Tim Eriksson, Mattias Carlsson, Niklas Persson, Niklas Olausson, Ville Vahalahti http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/finland.gif , Kim Staal http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/denmark.gif , Fredrik Emvall, Martin Laumann-Ylvén http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/norway.gif , Mikael Håkanson, Mattias Weinhandl, Sebastian Lauritzen, Patric Blomdahl

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/tappara.gifTappara Tampere
Goalies Harri Säteri, Mika Lehto, Tommi Nikkilä
Defenders Miko Malkamäki, Matti Koistinen, Antti Uitto, André Benoit http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Atte Pentikäinen, Anssi Salmela, Janne Grönvall, Harri Ilvonen, Teemu Aalto
Forwards Janne Ojanen, Timo Koskela, Steve Saviano http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/usa.gif , Nestori Lähde, Antti Hölli, Teemu Nurmi, Arsi Piispanen, Jori Lehterä, Jarkko Pyymäki, Jonas Enlund, Sami Venäläinen, Quinn Hancock http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/canada.gif , Juha Kiilholma, Niclas Lucenius, Jukka Peltola, Niko Nieminen

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/tps_turku.gifTPS Turku
Goalies Alexander Salak http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/czechrepublic.gif , Juha Kuokkanen
Defenders Marko Kiprusoff, Tony Vidgren, Niko Kluuskeri, Juho Jokinen, Aki-Petteri Berg, Antti Halonen, Lee Sweatt http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/miniflag/usa.gif , Joonas Järvinen, Simon Backman, Jesse Saarinen
Forwards Mikko Rautee, Teemu Ramstedt, Tommi Laine, Tomas Sinisalo, Max Kolu, Jussi Makkonen, Lassi Kokkala, Tuomas Suominen, Arttu Virtanen, Toni Jalo, Antti Reivonen, Matti Aho, Antti Erkinjuntti, Tuukka Pulliainen, Teemu Laine

Shardik
08-08-2007, 19:27
Previews

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/dif.gifDjurgårdens IF
Djurgården is seen as a black horse for the coming Elitserien season and that they might be in Nordic Trophy 2007 too, despite finishing 3rd and missing the final only because of inferior goal difference when compared to Kärpät. Djurgården's defense was strengthened by David Printz (12 NHL games last season) and their offense is lead by young talent Patric Hörnqvist. Djurgården is ready for surprises but their goal tending is a question mark. The hole Teemu Lassila left is yet to be filled. The probable starting goalie is young and promising Stefan Ridderwall.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/frolunda.gifFrölunda Indians
Last season was a big disappointment for Frölunda and their NT debut wasn't great either, finishing second to last. The Indians improved their team by signing ex-NHLer Michael Holmqvist. The team has a solid (and largely Finnish) back end with goalie Ari Ahonen and defenders A-J Niemi, Tuukka Mäntylä and Toni Söderholm. Also young Danish prospect Philip Larsen is on the team. Frölunda has also skilled forwards in Tomi Kallio, Jonas Johnsson, Steve Kariya and Magnus Kahnberg.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/farjestad.gifFärjestads BK
Färjestad won the first Nordic Trophy but failed to make their biggest goal of the year, winning the Elitserien. Färjestad's defense grew stronger with the additions of Canadian Dave Cullen and Slovak Richard Lintner. However the goaltending of the team might be a slight question mark. Färjestad boasts the best offense of the tournament with the names like Jörgen Jönsson, Peter Nordström, Jonas Höglund and Esa Pirnes.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/hifk_helsinki.gifHIFK Helsinki
Last year HIFK was the worst team in the NT but a lot has changed since then. Among others the HIFK icon defender Jere Karalahti has left the team. Also Cory Murphy who was chosen as the best player in SM-Liiga last year left the team. This will weaken the HIFK offense considerably. Hannu Pikkarainen and Charlie Cook came the other way to help the defense. Ryan Vesce on the other hand is a new face in the offense and is expected by some to be a sensation in the coming season. Aleksis Ahlqvist will be the starting goalie while Jan Lundell recovers from his injuries.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/karpat.gifKärpät Oulu
Last year's NT runner-up has changed somewhat from last year. Several strong names (Viuhkola, Pyörälä, Lupaschuk, Boumedienne) left the team but the team is still strong. Most of the group has been under the guidance of Kari Jalonen for several years and know each other well. The offense has new names in Kristian Kuusela (2006-07 Elitserien champion), Ondrej Kratena (2006-07 Czech champion) and Timo Vertala that will help Hannes Hyvönen, Janne Pesonen and Juhamatti Aaltonen create a potent attack. Kärpät is still on the look for a profile center to fill in Jari Viuhkola. Kärpät's defense seemed weak in the summer but with the addition of Mikko Lehtonen it has become a lot better and is expected still to improve. Last year's sensation goalie of SM-Liiga Tuomas Tarkki will surely show good games.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/sweden/linkoping.gifLinköpings HC
Linköping has gone through big changes since last year. Big names Mikko Luoma, Magnus Johansson and Tomas Vlasak left the team. The replacements are Mattias Weinhandl and Danish Kim Staal who both came from North America. Linköping also has one of the best players of Elitserien in Tony Mårtensson and also Fredrik Emwall and Mikael Håkanson lead the offense.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/tappara.gifTappara Tampere
Tappara has also changed radically. Only the goalies are familiar from the previous season and they will likely see equal ice time. André Benoit is the new star of the Tappara defense and will lead the young and hungry Tappara d's. In Tappara's offense one should note young Jonas Enlund, Jori Lehterä and Niclas Lucenius who was Finland's highest pick in the recent NHL draft.

http://www.internationalhockey.net/teamlogos/finland/tps_turku.gifTPS Turku
Extreme Makeover, TPS edition. Hannu Jortikka left the bench and prominent figures Jani Hurme and Kai Nurminen left the ice. TPS is nameless and young. The goalies are Czech Alexander Salak and Juha Kuokkanen who both played in Mestis last year. The only two remaining big names are defenders Aki Berg and Marko Kiprusoff. Offense is the biggest quesion mark. Nurminen, Ville Vahalahti and Kent McDonell were only replaced by inexperienced Teemu Laine, Antti Erkinjuntti and Tomas Sinisalo. Tuomas Suominen is expected to lead TPS scoring.

Karsten
08-08-2007, 22:00
Shardik, thanks for that analysis.

Commenting on the Swedish teams, I don't share the view - where did you get that from? - that Djurgården should be recokned as a dark horse in Elitserien 2007-08. It would be a surprise if they even reach the playoffs.

Djurgården is still tied up by its financial problems, and the club has trailed far behind the other Elitserien teams in the pre-season transfer market. Here, DIF has arguably lost more than it has gained. Gone are Teemu Lassila, Dragan Umicevic to Russia, key defenseman Daniel Fernholm to Frölunda, and a score of young prospects to North America. Only four new players have been signed: defensemen David Printz (as you mention) as well as Edvin Frylén (Malmö) who could prove even more valuable. The two new forwards are Niklas Anger who'll return to Sweden from the Swiss NLA and Dick Axelsson, a player from Allsvenskan.
Daniel Larsson will be DIF's first goaltender and the backup will be shared by the talents Stefan Ridderwal and Mark Owuya. Fredrik Bremberg - Patric Hörnqvist - Pär Bäcker are expected to form the top forward line.

As I said it would be a surprise if Djurgården reach the playoffs, but this doesn't mean they should be counted out in the Nordic Trophy which is a very different tournament in many respects.

The three other Swedish teams, on the other hand, are all candidates to the Swedish title. Frölunda and Färjestad, the two richest sports club in Sweden, are natural candidates, while Linköping only reached the finals for the first time last season.

Frölunda is determined to rebound from a terrible season where they barely escaped the qualification series. The club has arguably been the most active on the transfer market with a series of strong signings.
Starting from the back-end, Tommy Salo has finally resigned. He has been replaced by Ari Ahonen (Jokerit) who will either backup or share the goaltender duty with Joel Gistedt. In any case, Frölunda clearly has the best goaltender duo in the Swedish league. Defensively, Frölunda has waved goodbye to a number of their old corpse, including Alavaara (Kloten), Vallin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) and Tukio (Ilves). They have been replaced by two Finnish national players, namely Tuukka Mäntylä (Tappara) and Toni Söderholm (Bern) as well as Andreas Holmqvist from Linköping. These new players will blend in with veterans Sundin, Antti-Jussi Niemi (another Finnish national player) and Oscar Äckström and the young talents, Phillip Larsen and Jonas Ahnelöv.
The only notable loss among the forwards is Sean Bergenheim (NY Islanders). Frölunda's offense is already immensely capable with Kallio, Plüss, Kahnberg, N. Andersson and Karl Fabricius (and the checkers Esbjörs and Johnson), but two key signings have made it even stronger: First and foremost, Justin Morrison from MODO, a signing that sent shock waves through the Swedish hockey community, and Jonas Nordqvist from Chicago Blackhawks.

As a Swedish top contender, Frölunda is of course clearly capable of winning the Nordic trophy, but since the club never seem to take international tournaments seriously, don't expect anything spectacular at this point. It's still early in the pre-season, and Frölunda will focus 100% to build its new team.

Färjestad won the Nordic Trophy last year, and might very well do it again this year. On balance, FBK's goaltending and defense seems to have been weakened a little, while its offense have been strengthen. The team has lost goaltender Daniel Henriksson to Russia which mean that Christopher Heino-Lindberg has been promoted to first goaltender. He will be backed up by Jonas Gustavsson who has been fairly solid with AIK in Allsvenskan. Defensively, the loss of Janne Niskala to the NHL has been tough. Robert Kantor, who had the hardest shot in SEL is another loss. Richard Lintner (Skellefteå) and Dominik Granak (Slavia Praha) will fill in the void but none of them are as capable as Niskala who was the scoring leading defenseman in SEL last season. Still, FBK's defense looks pretty solid. The teams offense have been strengthened with Eero Somervuori and Rickard Wallin who both comes from the Swiss league. With these additions, Färjestad can display three dangerous scoring lines.

Linköping has lost three notable players, namely defenseman Magnus Johansson (Chicago Blackhawks) and forwards Tomas Surovy (Phoenix Coyotes) and Tomas Vlasak (Plzen). I dont think Linköping offered Vlasak a new contract. He did fairly last season, but he wasn't spectacular. Daniel Fernholm is the only notable addition on the blue line, and I suspect LHC will look around for a better replacement for Magnus Johansson. Good defensemen have been in short supply on the transfer market this Summer. The most notable offensive addition is Mattias Weinhandl who was one of the most courted players on the Swedish transfer market in the early Summer when he decided to return from the NHL. Other notable additions are Ville Vahalathi (Turku) and Patrik Zackrisson, one of the best Swedish prospect, and Danish Kim Staal.

Shardik
09-08-2007, 10:04
Shardik, thanks for that analysis.

Commenting on the Swedish teams, I don't share the view - where did you get that from? - that Djurgården should be recokned as a dark horse in Elitserien 2007-08. It would be a surprise if they even reach the playoffs.
I mostly referated an article published on Jatkoaika.com. Thanks for the corrections on the Swedish teams.

So I guess Djurgården and TPS are somewhat in the same boat. Both have lost a number of their top players. I believe that the next group up is Linköping and Tappara and most likely the top 4 will be Kärpät, HIFK, Färjestad and Frölunda (in some order). HIFK played poorly in the first NT but has improved much and they want to fare well considering the final weekend is played at their home arena.

Karsten
09-08-2007, 10:40
I mostly referated an article published on Jatkoaika.com. Thanks for the corrections on the Swedish teams.

So I guess Djurgården and TPS are somewhat in the same boat. Both have lost a number of their top players. I believe that the next group up is Linköping and Tappara and most likely the top 4 will be Kärpät, HIFK, Färjestad and Frölunda (in some order). HIFK played poorly in the first NT but has improved much and they want to fare well considering the final weekend is played at their home arena.

Shardik, its a nice preview in any case.

But just for the record: HV71 is often regarded as the gold favourite; kind of a wild shot in my opinion since Elitserien is extremely competitive. Many also believe in MODO. I say that the top contenders in Elitserien will be these two teams -- MODO and HV71 -- and the trio mentioned above, Färjestad, Frölunda and Linköping. Timrå is widely regarded as the dark horse.

As for the Nordic Trophy, any thing can happen. Here, Djurgården is as good a shot as Frölunda and Linköping. But I think a Finnish team will win this year.

Shardik
09-08-2007, 10:41
Juha Junno on Nordic Trophy's future

Kärpät's GM Juha Junno was interviewed by Kaleva about Nordic Trophy and other international hockey competitions.

Juha Junno believes that Nordic Trophy is a small but significant step towards partial fusion of the SM-Liiga and Elitserien. "I believe that some time in the next decade SM-Liiga and Elitserien teams will play each other during the season so that the points will be counted towards their national championships. Of course both countries will still have their national championship playoffs but they could resemble the NHL conference finals in that way that they would be followed by a grand final series between the champions of Finland and Sweden"

Kärpät is strongly after internationalizing hockey. The team is preparing for its internationally most important season ever. Nordic Trophy is but small potatoes when compared to the ECC played in St. Petersburg in January. A tourney which has bigger prizes than ever before. The European champion gets to play against an NHL team in the Victoria Cup played in Switzerland. It will also be the 100 year anniversary game of the IIHF. " Getting there is a big dream. It will be an event that will collect huge amounts of publicity and that will forever remain in history" visions Junno.

The starting season is also made more exciting by the oncoming Champions Hockey League that start in fall 2008. The regular season champion and the playoff champion of the SM-Liiga will participate in CHL. Also the winner of CHL will play against an NHL team in 2009.

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Juha Junno was the financial visionary that helped Kärpät change from a bankrupted team in tier 3 to a Finnish hockey power house in only ten years. Hopefully his expertise will show true in the bigger scale as well. I'd love if his visions were to come true.

Shardik
09-08-2007, 21:54
Kärpät Oulu - Tappara Tampere 3-4 (0-1,2-2,1-1)
01:21 0-1 Arsi Piispanen (Niko Nieminen,Teemu Aalto)
29:24 1-1 Juhamatti Aaltonen (Jukka-Pekka Laamanen,Kalle Sahlstedt) PP
30:36 1-2 Jonas Enlund (Janne Ojanen,Juha Kiilholma)
31:44 1-3 Anssi Salmela (Arsi Piispanen,Steve Saviano)
37:23 2-3 Jukka-Pekka Laamanen (Juhamatti Aaltonen)
46:45 3-3 Timo Vertala (Juhamatti Aaltonen,Kalle Sahlstedt) PP
54:22 3-4 Janne Ojanen (Timo Koskela,Teemu Nurmi)

Goalies: Jaakko Suomalainen (change mid 1st) Tuomas Tarkki KÄR, Mika Lehto TAP
Penalties: KÄR 8x2, TAP 14x2
Att: 2,011

And so began the second edition of Nordic Trophy. The game was typical summer hockey. Neither team had their act together and also penalties were plenty. Tappara got a great start to the game getting a goal on their first shot. Kärpät had to change their goalie early on as Suomalainen was injured after a Tappara player fell on him. The Kärpät figure of the game, Juhamatti Aaltonen tied it up in the second period. Kärpät tried to pressure hard after this but forgot about defending and Tappara scored two quick goals. Kärpät did get another goal before the break and managed to tie it again in the 3rd but Tappara icon Janne Ojanen's goal won it for the Tampereans in the end.

Karsten
13-08-2007, 19:18
The Swedish part of the tournament starts tomorrow with Frölunda vs Djurgården and Färjestads vs Linköpings.

As I have reported in the Swedish forum, the Swedish hockey fans are very hungry after the Summer break. The Nordic Cup is therefore very timely. The game between Frölunda and Djurgården is already sold-out! However, it is however played at a minor arena at Kungälv, just outside Gothenburg. Färjestads vs Linköpings is played at Munkfors.

Frölunda's site reports that Frölunda will start with Joel Gistedt in the net. This doesn't mean that the goalie issue has been settled. Frölunda have two competitive goaltenders, Gistedt and Ahonen, who will battle for the position as first goaltender.

The defensive pairs will be;
Phillip Larsen (DEN) - Toni Söderholm (SWE)
Andreas Holmqvist - Ronnie Sundin
Oscar Ackeström - Jonas Ahnelöv.

The four forward lines will look like this:
Karl Fabricius – Jonas Nordquist – Magnus Kahnberg
Niklas Andersson – Jonas Johnson - Tomi Kallio (FIN)
Joakim Andersson – Martin Plüss (SUI) – Jonas Esbjörs
Johan Andersson – Mikael Johansson – Fredrik Pettersson.

Färjestads' site reveals the following lineup against Linköping:

Heino-Lindberg (Gustavsson)

Rhodin-Granak
Höglund-Söderström-Johan Erkgärds

Per Johnsson-Skålberg
Åslund-Micke Johansson-Brunnström

Dave Cullen (ev Marcus Karlsson)-Mattsson
Wallin-Pirnes-Somervuori (perhaps Emil Bejmo)

S Erkgärds-Frögren
Martin Johansson-Mathias Johansson-Kåberg

Djurgården's and Linköpings' sites do not yet provide any clues to the possible lineups tomorrow.

Shardik
13-08-2007, 21:20
Phillip Larsen (DEN) - Toni Söderholm (SWE)
Andreas Holmqvist - Ronnie Sundin
Oscar Ackeström - Jonas Ahnelöv.
You must mean (FIN).

So Phillip Larsen in the top pairing? What about Niemi and Mäntylä, are they resting?

Karsten
13-08-2007, 22:28
You must mean (FIN).

So Phillip Larsen in the top pairing? What about Niemi and Mäntylä, are they resting?

* Yes FIN, dont know why I wrote SWE

* yes, Niemi and Mätylä will be rested. Though, I havent checked their health status.

* Frölunda's site doesn't specify whether or or another defense pair is first, second or third, but the pairs are mentioned in the order I typed. But my guess is that Larsen-Söderholm will indeed be the first defense pair. Phillip Larsen formed part of the first defense pair in March when he made his Elitserien debut so he is not unfamilar with the role.

Karsten
14-08-2007, 16:05
Djurgården lineup vs Frölunda:

Goaltenders: Stefan Ridderwall (Daniel Larsson)

1st line: David Printz - Timmy Pettersson; Christian Eklund - Morten Ask - Andreas Engqvist
2nd line: Edvin Frylén - Thomas Johansson; Fredrik Bremberg - Pär Bäcker - Patric Hörnqvist;
3rd line: Oscar Eklund; Dennis Persson; Dick Axelsson - Nichlas Falk - Tobias Lindström;
4th line: Fredrik Ericson; Niklas Anger - Kristofer Ottosson - Nicklas Danielsson

Injuries/scratches: Ronnie Pettersson, Jimmie Ölvestad

Still no exact info on Linköpings' lineup. What is clear is that LHC's top forwardline will be Mikael Håkansson - Tony Mårtensson - Mattias Weinhandl. In any case, tonight Linköping will face a weakened Färjestads team that will be completely missing its topline with Jörgen Jönsson, Pelle Prestberg and Peter Nordström (the socalled "Jönsson Gang"). FBK will also be missing Eero Somervuori who has just become a father (congrats, and welcome to a new life!), Dave Cullen who has just arrived to Sweden as well as Johan Motin who had a breakout season last year. On paper, Linköping is thus the favourite, but anything can happen at this stage in the preps for the new season.

Karsten
14-08-2007, 21:53
Frölunda HC - Djurgården IF 3-2 (1-0, 2-2, 0-0)
1-0 03:57 Niklas Andersson (Tomi Kallio, Andreas Holmqvist)
1-1 23:29 Pär Bäcker (Patric Hörnqvist, Thomas Johansson)
2-1 25:27 Jonas Johnson (Magnus Kahnberg, Karl Fabricius)
2-2 26:19 Patric Hörnqvist (Fredrik Bremberg)
3-2 27:42 Fredrik Andersson (Johan Andersson, Ronnie Sundin)
FRÔ 8x2, DIF 8x2 +1x10 (Danielsson), SOG 37:28 (9:10, 20:11, 8:7)

FRÖ (team: 2): Gistedt, Holmqvist, Sundin (2), Kallio (4) - Johnson - Andersson, Ahnelöv, Ackeström, Joakim Andersson - Plüss - Esbjörs; Larsen (2), Söderholm, Kahnberg (2) - Nordqvist - Fabricius; M. Holmqvist, Hellgren, Johan Andersson Johansson (2) - Pettersson.
DIF: Ridderwall, Pettersson (2), Printz (2), Engqvist - Ask (2) - Eklund; Johansson (2), Frylén, Hörnqvist (2) - Bäcker - Bremberg (2); Persson, Eklund, Lindström - Falk - Axelsson, Ericson Danielsson (12) - Ottosson - Anger (2).

Färjestads BK - Linköpings HC 4-3 (1-1, 0-1, 3-1)
0-1 04:15 Niklas Persson (Emwall, Staal)
1-1 12:45 Per Åslund (Brunnström)
1-2 36:55 Johan Fransson (Olausson)
2-2 40:44 Markus Karlsson (Pirnes)
2-3 47:13 Mikael Håkansson (Weinhandl)
3-3 53:09 Esa Pirnes (Wallin)
4-3 56:06 Fabian Brunnström (Mi. Johansson) PP1
FBK 4x2, LHC 6x2 + 1x10 (Håkansson), SOG 32:20 (7:9, 17:2, 8:9)

FBK: Heino-Lindberg, Karlsson, Mattsson (2), Pirnes - Wallin- Erksgärds, Skåhlberg, Jonsson, Åslund - Mi. Johansson (2) - Brunnström, Rhodin, Granak, Söderström - Bejmo - Höglund (2), Frögren, Erksgärds, Ma. Johansson - Mat. Johansson (2) - Kåberg.
LHC Stana, Pihl, Fransson, Weinhandl (2) - Mårtensson - Håkansson (12), Junland, Fernholm, Staal - Persson - Emwall, Henry (2), Gunnarsson, Lauritzen - Eriksson - Vahalahti, Ekbom, Olausson, Blomdahl (4) - Zackrisson (2) - Carlsson.

Shardik
15-08-2007, 11:28
Nordictrophy.com's statistic site is up now with very extensive coverage. See http://www.nordictrophy.com/stats.php

For example the complete game sheets of the games already played can be found there.

In other news, the Kärpät-HIFK game coming up seems set to break the previous Nordic Trophy attendance record (4,136 in DJU-FRÖ last year) as reportedly all seats have already sold out and only standing room remains. So a crowd of 5,000 seems probable. This increase from the Kärpät-Tappara game (att. 2,011) is mainly because of one Jere Karalahti, Kärpät's new defender. It just goes to show what pull he has in Finnish hockey for he is not even certain to play in that game.

Shardik
16-08-2007, 15:59
HIFK: 1. Janne Laakkonen-Janne Keränen-Ilkka Pikkarainen, Ilkka Heikkinen-Teemu Laakso; 2. Lennart Petrell-Ryan Vesce (USA)-Jussi Pesonen, Mikko Turunen-Charlie Cook (USA); 3. Rem Murray (CAN)-Stephen Guolla (CAN)-Jerry Ahtola, Timo Seppänen-Aleksi Holmberg; 4. Miikka Jouhkimainen-Jermu Porthen-Juha Fagerstedt, Joni Haverinen-Lasse Korhonen; Goalies: Jani Nieminen (Aleksis Ahlqvist)
Missing: Jan Lundell (G), Tommi Kovanen (D), Hannu Pikkarainen (D), Kimmo Kuhta (F), Pasi Nielikäinen (F)

TPS: 1. Teemu Laine-Jussi Makkonen-Tuomas Suominen, Aki Berg-Lee Sweatt (USA); 2. Matti Aho-Mikko Rautee-Tomas Sinisalo, Marko Kiprusoff-Antti Halonen; 3. Max Kolu-Eric Johansson (SWE)-Antti Erkinjuntti, Juho Jokinen-Jesse Saarinen; 4. Lassi Kokkala-Tuukka Pulliainen-Tommi Laine, Simon Backman-Joonas Järvinen; Goalies: Juha Kuokkanen (Alexander Salak (CZE))
Missing: Justin Morrison (F), Teemu Ramstedt (F)

Shardik
16-08-2007, 22:06
HIFK Helsinki - TPS Turku 3-4 PS (3-2,0-1,0-0,0-0)
01:03 0-1 Tomas Sinisalo (Juho Jokinen,Matti Aho)
01:40 1-1 Lennart Petrell (Charlie Cook,Jussi Pesonen) PP
02:48 1-2 Mikko Rautee (Marko Kiprusoff,Matti Aho) PP
05:13 2-2 Lennart Petrell (Steve Guolla,Ilkka Heikkinen) PP
09:10 2-3 Jesse Saarinen (Tomas Sinisalo,Antti Halonen)
30:51 3-3 Joni Haverinen (Ilkka Pikkarainen)
PS TPS (Tomas Sinisalo)

Goalies:
Jani Nieminen HIF 9+10+10+4=33
Juha Kuokkanen TPS 9+11+13+4=37

Penalties: HIF 6x2, TPS 12x2
Att: 1,530

Djurgårdens IF - Linköpings HC 1-2 OT (1-0,0-1,0-0,0-1)
06:26 1-0 Pär Bäcker (Fredrik Bremberg,Patric Hörnqvist) PP
39:42 1-1 Mattias Weinhandl (Tony Mårtensson)
62:09 1-2 Johan Fransson (Joakim Eriksson)

Goalies:
Daniel Larsson DJU 12+7+8+2=29
Jonas Fransson LIN 7+9+9+0=25

Penalties: DJU 6x2, LIN 7x2
Att: 692

Frölunda Indians - Färjestads BK 4-5 PS (1-1,2-1,1-2,0-0)
03:21 1-0 Phillip Larsen (Magnus Kahnberg,Karl Fabricius) PP
04:51 1-1 Martin Johansson (Peter Nordström)
25:13 2-1 Niklas Andersson (Tomi Kallio)
32:30 3-1 Karl Fabricius (Jonas Nordquist) PP
34:22 3-2 Jonas Höglund (Peter Nordström,Per Åslund)
40:16 3-3 Rickard Wallin (David Cullen,Jesper Mattsson) PP
47:16 4-3 Fredrik Pettersson (Johan Andersson) PP
59:13 4-4 Peter Nordström (Mikael Johansson) SH
PS FÄR (Peter Nordström)

Goalies:
Ari Ahonen FRÖ 10+13+6+1=30
Jonas Gustavsson FÄR 7+6+7+5=25

Penalties: FRÖ 13x2, FÄR 14x2
Att: 1,886

Shardik
18-08-2007, 21:21
Kärpät Oulu - HIFK Helsinki 3-2 OT (2-1,0-0,0-1,1-0)
06:02 1-0 Kristian Kuusela (Hannes Hyvönen,Ilkka Mikkola)
10:45 2-0 Kalle Sahlstedt (Oskari Korpikari,Juhamatti Aaltonen)
13:25 2-1 Janne Laakkonen (Ilkka Pikkarainen,Jani Keränen)
59:59 2-2 Janne Laakkonen (Lennart Petrell)
60:27 3-2 Hannes Hyvönen (Janne Pesonen,Ilkka Mikkola)

Goalies: Tuomas Tarkki KÄR, Aleksis Ahlqvist HIF
Att: 5,027 (NEW Nordic Trophy record!)

Kärpät started off very well and skated around HIFK at will. After two goals however they lost some of their touch and started taking too many penalties. This continued through the game giving HIFK three long 5 on 3 PP's and one 5 minute PP. At the very end of the third period (and just after a couple of Kärpät penalties) HIFK tied the game. Kärpät took to themselves from losing an important point and scored a quick goal in the extra time. The reason for such great preseason crowd was the Kärpät debut of Jere Karalahti. Karalahti was the slowest skater on ice but made up on smart plays and even used some of his trademark toughness. His slowness was due to the fact that he has only been on ice for a week while other players in the game had been on ice for 3-4 weeks. Karalahti was on ice during both HIFK goals but couldn't be blamed for them even though the first one bounced in off of him.

Shardik
23-08-2007, 13:32
Tappara Tampere - Frölunda Indians 2-3 (1-1,0-1,1-1)
06:22 0-1 Andreas Holmqvist (Niklas Andersson)
16:57 1-1 Teemu Aalto (Janne Ojanen,Sami Venäläinen) PP
36:20 1-2 Mikael Johansson (Tomi Kallio,Johan Andersson)
52:45 2-2 Harri Ilvonen (Janne Ojanen) PP
54:27 2-3 Fredrik Pettersson (Johan Andersson,Mikael Johansson)

Goalies:
Mika Lehto TAP 11+3+x=14 (out 58:47-60:00)
Joel Gistedt FRÖ 9+7+x=15

Penalties: TAP 6x2 FRÖ 6x2
Att: 235

Frölunda was slightly better in a tight game. The game was fast but with few scoring chances. The Swedish team started each period strong but Tappara got more and more into the game as the period progressed. Mikael Johansson was honored as the best player of the game.

Kärpät Oulu - Djurgårdens IF 6-5 (1-3,2-1,3-1)
00:38 0-1 Timmy Pettersson (Nicklas Danielsson,Niklas Anger)
02:51 1-1 Antti Aarnio (Veikko Karppinen) DP
04:01 1-2 Patric Hörnqvist (Morten Ask)
07:28 1-3 Kristofer Ottosson (Patric Hörnqvist,Fredrik Ericson)
23:15 2-3 Ondrej Kratena (Topi Jaakola) PP
24:28 2-4 Niklas Anger (Nicklas Danielsson,Timmy Pettersson)
35:56 3-4 Kristian Kuusela (Topi Jaakola) PP
50:35 4-4 Janne Pesonen (Mikko Lehtonen,Hannes Hyvönen) PP
52:01 5-4 Hannes Hyvönen (Michal Bros) PP
55:02 5-5 Jiri Marusak (Morten Ask)
59:17 6-5 Mikko Lehtonen (Tommi Paakkolanvaara) PP

Att: 5,012

Again the crowds were there to see Kärpät play in Nordic Trophy. This game was filled with action and goals. Djurgården got a great start to the game and Kärpät spent most of the game filling in the gap. Djurgården had trouble with penalties and all Kärpät goals were on scored on powerplay or during delayed penalties.

TPS Turku - Linköpings HC 4-0 (2-0,0-0,2-0)
1-0 Lee Sweatt (Tuomas Suominen)
2-0 Teemu Laine PP
3-0 Jussi Makkonen (Teemu Laine)
4-0 Tomas Sinisalo (Mikko Rautee)

Att: 2,345

TPS is expected to be in the bottom 3 of the SM-Liiga this year but they pay no heed to it. Beating the Swedish silver medalist is just their latest achievement this preseason. This is also the only NT game so far to end with a bigger gap than a single goal. TPS offered the audience body checks, fast attacks and good individual effort. Not all went well for TPS as their two-month help Justin Morrison got injured in the second period.

Shardik
23-08-2007, 22:44
Kärpät Oulu - Linköpings HC 3-2 (2-1,1-0,0-1)
10:49 0-1 Mattias Weinhandl (Mikael Håkanson)
15:30 1-1 Tommi Paakkolanvaara (Kristian Kuusela,Ondrej Kratena)
17:35 2-1 Oskari Korpikari (Tommi Paakkolanvaara) PP
33:06 3-1 Ondrej Kratena (Tommi Paakkolanvaara,Oskari Korpikari) PP
53:29 3-2 Mattias Carlsson (Tony Mårtensson,Mattias Weinhandl)

Goalies: Tuomas Tarkki KÄR, Jonas Fransson LIN
Att: 3,502

Kärpät started off strong and for the first ten minutes Linköping had trouble leaving their zone. They scored first however as after their first real attack Kärpät defense made a gross mistake which opened a free scoring chance for Linköping. Kärpät continued playing strong and managed to take the lead still in the same period. Tommi Paakkolanvaara's line was Kärpät's best and scored all three goals. The first 10 minutes of the 2nd were bad hockey for both teams but after that the game picked up a little. The fortunes went from side to side and both teams held the pressure in the other end for minutes at a time. The same thing continued in the last period where Linköping managed to score once but that wasn't enough. Tommi Paakkolanvaara played well but was also very unlucky. Linköping players high sticked him in the face twice and on both time he had to be taken off ice to be stitched. Both Linköping players were ejected from the game as was one Kärpät player for spearing.

Tappara Tampere - Färjestads BK 3-2 OT (0-0,0-1,2-1,1-0)
24:24 0-1 Martin Johansson (Rickard Lintner)
44:09 1-1 Steve Saviano (Teemu Nurmi)
45:24 1-2 Martin Johansson (Mikael Johansson,Jens Skålberg) PP
55:39 2-2 Timo Koskela (Janne Ojanen,Teemu Aalto) PP
63:20 3-2 Anssi Salmela (Niko Nieminen) DP

Goalies:
Tommi Nikkilä TAP 6+11+7+1=25
Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR 7+11+12+1=31

Penalties: TAP 8x2 FÄR 9x2
Att: 1,112

Tappara controlled the first period but couldn't produce. Among others Steve Saviano failed to convert a clear breakaway. The second period was Färjestads and the did score but thanks to Tommi Nikkilä, only once. In the third Tappara spent a lot of time trying hard to tie the game and did it twice. Anssi Salmela's hard slapshot that went in via the post won the game for the Finnish team in the OT.

HIFK Helsinki - Frölunda Indians 2-3 (2-0,0-1,0-2)
1-0 Ilkka Pikkarainen (Rem Murray)
2-0 Janne Keränen (Lennart Petrell)
2-1 Tomi Kallio
2-2 Martin Plüss
2-3 Jonas Johnsson

Goalies: Jan Lundell HIF, Ari Ahonen FRÖ
Att: 1,323

HIFK was in charge in the first period but after that they slowly lost their game as Frölunda grew stronger.

TPS Turku - Djurgårdens IF 2-1 (1-0,1-0,0-1)
1-0 Aki Berg (Lee Sweatt) PP
2-0 Antti Halonen (Antti Erkinjuntti)
2-1 Pär Bäcker

Att: 1,744

TPS continued strong after they won a spirited (though not too spectacular) game. Also a fight occurred as Antti Halonen and Patric Hörnqvist went all out after Hörnqvist had slashed on TPS goalies glove. Both players will miss the next Nordic Trophy game.

Tobias
23-08-2007, 23:09
Interesting to see all these Finnish wins. Are this tournament taken less serious by the Swedish teams?

Krm500
24-08-2007, 00:27
Interesting to see all these Finnish wins. Are this tournament taken less serious by the Swedish teams?

Tournament leader are not Finnish. :D

Shardik
24-08-2007, 20:51
HIFK Helsinki - Färjestads BK 5-3 (2-0,1-2,2-1)
1-0 Steve Guolla
2-0 Teemu Laakso (Janne Laakkonen,Ilkka Heikkinen) PP
2-1 Per Åslund (Fabian Brunnström)
2-2 Fabian Brunnström (Rickard Lintner)
3-2 Janne Laakkonen (Lasse Korhonen) SH
3-3 Eero Somervuori (Thomas Rhodin)
4-3 Jussi Pesonen (Ryan Vesce)
5-3 Jussi Pesonen EN

Goalies:
Jan Lundell HIF 6+13+9=28
Jonas Gustavsson FÄR 9+4+6=19


Interesting to see all these Finnish wins. Are this tournament taken less serious by the Swedish teams?
I believe it's down to home advantage. Last year most cross-border games were won by the home team. In any case the home team wants to play well in front of the home audience. I expect that Swedish teams will win most of the upcoming games in Sweden.

Krm500
24-08-2007, 21:36
HIFK Helsinki - Färjestads BK 5-3 (2-0,1-2,2-1)
1-0 Steve Guolla
2-0 Teemu Laakso (Janne Laakkonen,Ilkka Heikkinen) PP
2-1 Per Åslund (Fabian Brunnström)
2-2 Fabian Brunnström (Rickard Lintner)
3-2 Janne Laakkonen (Lasse Korhonen) SH
3-3 Eero Somervuori (Thomas Rhodin)
4-3 Jussi Pesonen (Ryan Vesce)
5-3 Jussi Pesonen EN

Goalies:
Jan Lundell HIF 6+13+9=28
Jonas Gustavsson FÄR 9+4+6=19


I believe it's down to home advantage. Last year most cross-border games were won by the home team. In any case the home team wants to play well in front of the home audience. I expect that Swedish teams will win most of the upcoming games in Sweden.

Finnish teams start their ice practice two weeks earlier then the Swedish teams.

Shardik
24-08-2007, 21:59
Yes, but I don't think that is such a big advantage to the Finns this year. The Swedish teams played at least two practice games before coming to Finland while last year they had had only a couple of ice sessions in some cases (and we saw results like 9-0 between Kärpät and Frölunda).

Marc Brunengraber
25-08-2007, 01:13
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Elitserien and SM-Liiga teams are very closely matched. Both leagues are among Europe's top 3 or 4, with many considering them #2 and #3 respectively.

Krm500
25-08-2007, 13:17
Yes, but I don't think that is such a big advantage to the Finns this year. The Swedish teams played at least two practice games before coming to Finland while last year they had had only a couple of ice sessions in some cases (and we saw results like 9-0 between Kärpät and Frölunda).

Frölunda played their first game of the season against Djurgården in the Nordic Trophy. I'm happy that they have done well so far considering they're missing three national team players in the defence (Niemi, Söderholm, Mäntylä), plus Kariya and Morrison on offense.

Shardik
25-08-2007, 13:39
Frölunda played their first game of the season against Djurgården in the Nordic Trophy. I'm happy that they have done well so far considering they're missing three national team players in the defence (Niemi, Söderholm, Mäntylä), plus Kariya and Morrison on offense.
Yes but all Swedish teams played at least two games before playing any Finnish teams (unlike last year). The Finnish teams are also not playing with their top roster in every game but resting some of the top players.

PS. For this tournament (and early season) Morrison was TPS's player. Unfortunately he got injured in the first game.

Krm500
26-08-2007, 16:01
Djurgården won the NT Juniors final 3-0 vs Frölunda.

Shardik
26-08-2007, 16:57
Djurgården won the NT Juniors final 3-0 vs Frölunda.
Good call! I would have forgotten this otherwise.

Final standings were:

Group A
Djurgården 9P
HIFK 6P
TPS 3P
Linköping 0P

Group B
Frölunda 9P
Tappara 3P (7-8)
Kärpät 3P (6-9)
Färjestad 3P (7-13)

Other games in final day:

Bronze game: HIFK - Tappara 5-1

Exhibition games (decided not to play 5th and 7th place games to get international games):
TPS - Färjestad 0-3
Kärpät - Linköping 2-3 PS

RBK Nordic Stars

Halfway through the main tournament the Stars situation is as follows:

6 Stars: Tomi Kallio FRÖ, Fabian Brunnström FÄR
5 Stars: Janne Laakkonen HIF, Ondrej Kratena KÄR, Janne Ojanen TAP
4 Stars: Lee Sweatt TPS, Teemu Laine TPS

In every game RBK Nordic Stars are awarded to three best players (3-2-1).

Shardik
28-08-2007, 21:38
TPS Turku - Tappara Tampere 2-3 PS (0-1,1-1,1-0,0-0)
03:37 0-1 Niko Nieminen (Timo Koskela)
24:59 0-2 Jonas Enlund (Jori Lehterä)
38:30 1-2 Matti Aho (Mikko Rautee,Jesse Saarinen) PP
55:49 2-2 Matti Aho (Miikka Kiprusoff,Tomas Sinisalo)
PS TAP Teemu Nurmi

Goalies:
Juha Kuokkanen TPS 5+4+11+5=25
Tommi Nikkilä TAP 8+7+8+4=27

Frölunda Indians - Kärpät Oulu 3-2 PS (2-2,0-0,0-0,0-0)
02:05 0-1 Antti Aarnio (Mikko Alikoski)
02:29 1-1 Niklas Andersson (Tomi Kallio)
04:33 1-2 Tommi Paakkolanvaara (Janne Pesonen) PP
15:21 2-2 Jonas Johnson (Tomi Kallio) PP
PS FRÖ Niklas Andersson

Goalies:
Joel Gistedt FRÖ 5+5+11+3=24
Tuomas Tarkki KÄR 9+13+11+2=34

Penalties: FRÖ 5x2 KÄR 10x2

Shardik
29-08-2007, 15:49
Good news!

TV4/Sportexpressen will broadcast all four final weekend games live on Swedish television. Hopefully some Finnish tv channel will pick up these games as well.

http://www.nordictrophy.com/news.php?news=27

Shardik
29-08-2007, 21:33
Djurgårdens IF - HIFK Helsinki 7-2 (2-0,3-2,2-0)
07:48 1-0 Dick Axelsson (Andreas Engqvist,Dennis Persson)
12:23 2-0 Dick Axelsson (Mattias Guter,Edvin Frylén)
24:30 2-1 Jussi Pesonen SH
29:18 3-1 Pär Bäcker (David Printz,Mattias Guter) PP
33:37 3-2 Steve Guolla (Ilkka Heikkinen) PP
35:34 4-2 Thomas Johansson (Niklas Anger,Nicklas Danielsson) PP
36:34 5-2 Pär Bäcker (Mattias Guter,Christian Eklund)
51:17 6-2 Thomas Johansson (David Printz,Pär Bäcker) PP
56:55 7-2 Kristofer Ottosson (Nicklas Danielsson,Edvin Frylén) PP

Goalies:
Daniel Larsson DJU 7+3+8=18
Jan Lundell HIF 5+10+0=15 (change 40:00/5-2)
Aleksis Ahlqvist HIF 0+0+9=9

Penalties: DJU 10x2, 5+20 (Morten Ask) HIF 12x2, 5+20 (Ryan Vesce)
Att: 1,304

Färjestads BK - TPS Turku 5-2 (2-1,1-1,2-0)
08:45 1-0 Pelle Prestberg (Dominik Granak,David Cullen)
09:14 1-1 Johannes Alanen (Antti Erkinjuntti,Tommi Laine)
17:24 2-1 Mikael Johansson (Per Åslund,Fabian Brunnström)
30:19 2-2 Antti Erkinjuntti (Johannes Alanen)
39:12 3-2 Rickard Wallin (Jens Skåhlberg)
43:46 4-2 Rickard Wallin (Pelle Prestberg,Jens Skåhlberg)
50:56 5-2 Jonas Höglund (Mathias Johansson) PP

Goalies:
Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR 7+13+12=32
Alexander Salak TPS 8+4+14=26

Penalties: FÄR 8x2, 1x10 TPS 5x2
Att: 1,500

Linköpings HC - Tappara Tampere 1-3 (0-1,0-1,1-1)
11:53 0-1 Timo Koskela (Janne Ojanen,Atte Pentikäinen) SH
27:47 0-2 André Benoit (Teemu Aalto) PP
40:16 1-2 Kim Staal (Niklas Persson)
51:53 1-3 Steve Saviano (Teemu Aalto)

Goalies:
Rastislav Stana LIN 4+16+8=28
Mika Lehto TAP 15+3+10=28

Penalties: LIN 7x2 TAP 2x2
Att: 1,080

Krm500
29-08-2007, 21:46
Good news!

TV4/Sportexpressen will broadcast all four final weekend games live on Swedish television. Hopefully some Finnish tv channel will pick up these games as well.

http://www.nordictrophy.com/news.php?news=27

Haha, great! Tv4 Sport will exchange Eurosport in my cable network on September 1!

Karsten
30-08-2007, 21:37
Shardik will post the details from tonights games later

Frölunda - TPS Åbo..(sorry, Turku) 7-5
Färjestad - Kärpät Uleåborg (ups, Oulu) 3-4
Djurgården - Tappara Tammerfors (eh, Tampere) 2-1
Linköpings - HIFK Helsingfors 4-0

So it will be a classic final: Frölunda vs Kärpät

Shardik
30-08-2007, 21:44
Färjestads BK - Kärpät Oulu 3-4 (2-1,0-3,1-0)
04:23 0-1 Kalle Sahlstedt (Timo Vertala) PP
06:36 1-1 Martin Johansson (Pelle Prestberg,Stefan Erkgärds)
13:34 2-1 Fabian Brunnström (Per Åslund,Mikael Johansson) PP
26:39 2-2 Kristian Kuusela (Tomi Mustonen) PP
35:01 2-3 Mikko Lehtonen (Michal Bros,Janne Pesonen)
36:02 2-4 Kristian Kuusela (Tommi Paakkolanvaara)
45:45 3-4 Dominik Granak (Mathias Johansson) PP

Goalies:
Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR 7+12+6=25 (out 56:53-58:09, 58:40-60:00)
Mikko Strömberg KÄR 5+4+8=17

Penalties: FÄR 5x2 KÄR 7x2, 1x10
Att: 1,500

The re-enactment of last year's final turned to Kärpät this time around despite Färjestads hard effort to tie it at the end of the third. Färjestad pulled their goalie twice and pressed hard to Kärpät goal in a situation where Färjestad had one man on the penalty bench and Kärpät had two.

Djurgårdens IF - Tappara Tampere 2-1 (1-0,0-0,1-1)
04:38 1-0 Patric Hörnqvist (Mattias Guter,Pär Bäcker) PP
47:43 2-0 Nichlas Falk (Ronnie Pettersson)
59:25 2-1 Jori Lehterä (Teemu Nurmi,Arsi Piispanen)

Goalies:
Daniel Larsson DJU 11+13+9=33
Tommi Nikkilä TAP 9+8+4=21 (out 57:53-59:25, 59:52-60:00)

Penalties: DJU 6x2 TAP 3x2
Att: 483

Linköpings HC - HIFK Helsinki 4-0 (1-0,0-0,3-0)
16:06 1-0 Mattias Weinhandl (Mikael Håkanson)
44:19 2-0 Kim Staal (Fredrik Emwall,Niklas Persson)
49:35 3-0 Mikael Håkanson (Mattias Weinhandl,Tony Mårtensson)
50:59 4-0 Krisjanis Redlihs (Mattias Carlsson)

Goalies:
Jonas Fransson LIN 6+4+11=21
Jan Lundell HIF 12+16+5=33

Penalties: LIN 3x2 HIF 8x2
Att: 1,834

Frölunda Indians - TPS Turku 7-5 (2-2,3-2,2-1)
1-0 Philip Larsen PP
1-1
2-1 Fredrik Pettersson PP
2-2
3-2 Tomi Kallio
4-2 Andreas Holmqvist
4-3
4-4
5-4 Tomi Kallio
6-4 Tomi Kallio
6-5
7-5 Martin Plüss

I will add more stats later.

Frölunda secured a spot in the final with the win over TPS in the most goal-rich game of the history of Nordic Trophy. TPS continued also their good games considering that this was their third game in three days.

So Frölunda will play in the final and most likely will meet one of the Finnish trio Kärpät, Tappara and TPS. Also Färjestad has a slim chance but in addition of a win over Djurgården in the last round they need Tappara to lose and TPS to beat Kärpät in such a way that Färjestads goal difference is better than TPS's (assuming that GD is the main tie breaker).

Tobias
30-08-2007, 22:28
I must say that i'm getting more and more impressed with Philip Larsen. He even plays PP, wow.

I'm so excited about next years draft!

Krm500
31-08-2007, 01:06
I must say that i'm getting more and more impressed with Philip Larsen. He even plays PP, wow.

I'm so excited about next years draft!

Did you see todays game? Larsen has been impressive and Bäckman trust him, he is paired with Söderholm most of the time. Except for a few rookie mistakes last season he was impressive and calm for a player at his age. He will most likely spend the entire season with the big club and it'll be interesting to see where he'll go in the draft.

Tobias
31-08-2007, 08:52
Did you see todays game? Larsen has been impressive and Bäckman trust him, he is paired with Söderholm most of the time. Except for a few rookie mistakes last season he was impressive and calm for a player at his age. He will most likely spend the entire season with the big club and it'll be interesting to see where he'll go in the draft.

No i didn't, i've just seen that he has put up a couple of assists and now a goal. I don't know any way to watch the games unfortunately.

Shardik
04-09-2007, 17:04
Finnish pay channel Urheilu+kanava will show the bronze and final game live and the other two placement games delayed.

Apparently there has been some rescheduling of the final weekend. Bronze game has been moved to be the later game played on Friday. HIFK is certain to play in one of the two placement games and as host will play their game on Saturday afternoon.

Shardik
04-09-2007, 21:42
TPS Turku - Kärpät Oulu 0-4 (0-2,0-1,0-1)
0-1 Janne Pesonen (Michal Bros) PP
0-2 Jukka-Pekka Laamanen (Michal Bros) PP
0-3 Timo Vertala (Kalle Sahlstedt,Jere Karalahti)
0-4 Michal Bros (Hannes Hyvönen,Janne Pesonen)

Kärpät was clearly the better team on the ice, in every respect. TPS was tired from their trip to Sweden and while Kärpät did take several penalties, TPS could convert on any of their PP's.

Tappara Tampere - HIFK Helsinki 4-2 (2-1,1-0,1-1)
03:43 0-1 Janne Laakkonen (Ilkka Pikkarainen,Ryan Vesce)
12:11 1-1 Juha Kiilholma (Atte Pentikäinen,Sami Venäläinen)
15:17 2-1 Jonas Enlund (Juha Kiilholma)
33:01 3-1 Nicholas Angell (Jussi Halme,Mika Lehto) PP
56:23 3-2 Ilkka Heikkinen (Rem Murray) PP
59:52 4-2 Steve Saviano (Teemu Nurmi) EN

Goalies:
Mika Lehto TAP 1+8+4=13
Aleksis Ahlqvist HIF 14+13+4=31 (out 59:32-59:52)

Penalties: TAP 4x2 HIF 5x2
Att: 2,002

Linköpings HC - Frölunda Indians 7-2 (2-0,2-2,3-0)
11:04 1-0 Joakim Eriksson (Mattias Carlsson,Ville Vahalahti)
11:49 2-0 Tony Mårtensson (Patrik Zackrisson,Daniel Fernholm)
23:28 2-1 Tomi Kallio PP
27:56 2-2 Martin Plüss (Oscar Ackerström,Jonas Esbjörs)
30:33 3-2 Mattias Weinhandl (Tony Mårtensson)
39:55 4-2 Mattias Weinhandl (Mikael Håkanson)
52:03 5-2 Mattias Carlsson (Ville Vahalahti,Andreas Pihl)
52:18 6-2 Johan Fransson (Joakim Eriksson)
54:44 7-2 Mattias Weinhandl (Tony Mårtensson,Mikael Håkanson)

Goalies:
Rastislav Stana LIN 9+13+11=33
Joel Gistedt FRÖ 11+14+17=42

Penalties: LIN 10x2 FRÖ 7x2
Att: 1,210

Färjestads BK - Djurgårdens IF 5-1 (2-1,1-0,2-0)
00:57 1-0 Mikael Johansson (Per Åslund)
11:24 1-1 Nicklas Danielsson (Kristofer Ottoson)
11:56 2-1 Rickard Wallin (Eero Somervuori)
35:30 3-1 Christian Söderström (Eero Somervuori,David Cullen) PP
53:31 4-1 Per Åslund (Thomas Rhodin,Stefan Erkgärds)
57:45 5-1 Rickard Wallin (Eero Somervuori,Jesper Mattsson)

Goalies:
Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR 7+7+9=23
Daniel Larsson DJU 10+4+2=16

Penalties: FÄR 5x2 DJU 5x2
Att: 2,944

The Final Weekend Matchups

FINAL: Kärpät Oulu - Frölunda Indians
BRONZE GAME: Tappara Tampere - Färjestads BK
5th PLACE: TPS Turku - Linköpings HC
7th PLACE: Djurgårdens IF - HIFK Helsinki

It's Kärpät's 4th final appearance in a row in international tourneys. So far two ECC and one Nordic Trophy final games have all ended in Kärpät's defeat. Maybe this time things are different.

Shardik
05-09-2007, 13:33
Most RBK Nordic StarsRank|Player|Position||Team|Stars
1|Tomi Kallio |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|FRÖ|9|
2|Fabian Brunnström |LW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FÄR|6|
2|Jonas Fransson |G|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|LIN|6|
2|Mattias Weinhandl |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|LIN|6|
5|Daniel Larsson |G|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|DJU|5|
5|Janne Pesonen |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|KÄR|5|
5|Ondrej Kratena |LW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/czechrepublic.gif|KÄR|5|
5|Janne Ojanen |CE|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|TAP|5|

Best Scorers
Rank|Player|Position||Team|GP|G|A|PTS
1|Tomi Kallio |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|FRÖ|7|5|7|12|
2|Mattias Weinhandl |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|LIN|7|6|3|9|
3|Niklas Andersson |LW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FRÖ|7|4|5|9|
4|Pär Bäcker |CE|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|DJU|7|5|2|7|
5|Per Åslund |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FÄR|7|3|4|7|
6|Fabian Brunnström |LW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FÄR|6|3|3|6|
6|Patric Hörnqvist |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|DJU|6|3|3|6|
8|Hannes Hyvönen |RW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|KÄR|6|2|4|6|
9|Mikael Johansson |CE|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FÄR|7|2|4|6|
9|Tommi Paakkolanvaara |CE|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|KÄR|7|2|4|6|
9|Mikael Håkanson |LW|http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|LIN|7|2|4|6|


Best Goalies (minimum 3 games)
Rank|Player||Team|GP|W-L|SO|SOG|GAA|S%
1|Jonas Fransson |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|LIN|3|2-1|1|83|1,33|95,18|
2|Tuomas Tarkki |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|KÄR|6|4-2|1|192|2,36|92,71|
3|Mika Lehto |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|TAP|4|3-1|0|113|2,26|92,04|
4|Juha Kuokkanen |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|TPS|5|2-3|1|154|2,91|90,26|
5|Christopher Heino-Lindberg |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|FÄR|5|3-2|0|130|2,59|90,00|

Fair Play
Rank|Team||Penalty Minutes|PM/Game
1|Tappara Tampere |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|84|12,00|
2|Färjestads BK |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|106|15,14|
3|Frölunda Indians |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|118|16,86|
4|TPS Turku |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|121|17,29|
5|HIFK Helsinki |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|139|19,86|
6|Linköpings HC |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|156|22,29|
7|Djurgårdens IF |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|180|25,71
8|Kärpät Oulu |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|202|28,86|

Attendance Average
Rank|Team||Home Games|Avg. Att.|Compared to 2006
1|Kärpät Oulu |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|4|3,888|+25%
2|TPS Turku |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|4|1,926|+8%
3|Färjestads BK |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|4|1,688|+63%
4|Linköpings HC |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|3|1,375|-0,1%
5|Frölunda Indians |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|4|1,372|+25%
6|HIFK Helsinki |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|3|1,361|-33%
7|Tappara Tampere |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/finland.gif|3|1,116|-0,9%
8|Djurgårdens IF |http://www.internationalhockey.net/flags/flags_mini/sweden.gif|3|826|-54%

Total Average: 1,769 (+6,8%)

Shardik
07-09-2007, 21:00
Bronze Game

Tappara Tampere - Färjestads BK 2-3 (1-2,0-0,1-1)
03:51 0-1 Christian Söderström (Eero Somervuori,Thomas Rhodin)
10:39 1-1 Arsi Piispanen (Teemu Aalto) PP
11:19 1-2 Mikael Johansson (Per Åslund)
46:04 1-3 Rickard Wallin SH
52:58 2-3 André Benoit (Teemu Nurmi)

Goalies:
Tommi Nikkilä TAP 13+4+16=33
Christopher Heino-Lindberg 13+27+2=42

Penalties: TAP 5x2 FÄR 6x2

Tappara had their chances in the second period but couldn't convert and so Färjestad took home the 3rd place in this year's Nordic Trophy to the company of their triumph last year.


5th Place Game

TPS Turku - Linköpings HC 3-2 (1-0,2-1,0-1)
18:26 1-0 Eric Johansson (Jan Hrdina,Lee Sweatt) PP
27:29 1-1 Mattias Carlsson (Andreas Pihl)
37:47 2-1 Tomas Sinisalo (Tuomas Suominen) PP
38:57 3-1 Jan Hrdina (Eric Johansson,Lee Sweatt) PP
54:51 3-2 Johan Fransson (Joakim Eriksson,Patric Blomdahl)

Goalies:
Juha Kuokkanen TPS 8+11+5=24
Rastislav Stana LIN 5+2+8=15 (out 59:21-59:31, 59:45-60:00)

Penalties: TPS 5x2 LIN 5x2

TPS was deadly on the powerplay, 3 out of 5.

Shardik
08-09-2007, 21:33
Final Game

Kärpät Oulu - Frölunda Indians 5-2 (0-1,3-0,2-1)
03:18 0-1 Tomi Kallio (Philip Larsen,Niklas Andersson) PP
22:33 1-1 Janne Pesonen (Jukka-Pekka Laamanen)
34:00 2-1 Kalle Sahlstedt (Michal Bros) PP
35:05 3-1 Tommi Paakkolanvaara (Toni Kirén,Topi Jaakola)
53:39 4-1 Hannes Hyvönen (Jere Karalahti)
56:37 5-1 Tomi Mustonen (Kristian Kuusela,Tommi Paakkolanvaara)
58:36 5-2 Toni Söderholm (Jonas Johnson,Johan Andersson)

Goalies:
Tuomas Tarkki KÄR 3+15+7=25
Ari Ahonen FRÖ 15+10+7=32

Penalties: KÄR 13x2 FRÖ 13x2
Att: 1,124

Kärpät wins the Nordic Trophy 2007!

First of all I'll say that I didn't see the game but am relying on different sources on this. The oddest sequence in the game happened early on as Kärpät's Jere Karalahti threw a hard hit and got a penalty for it. The odd thing is that the man hit was a fellow-Kärppä, Ondrej Kratena after Karalahti narrowly missed Frölunda's player. It was on this power play that Tomi Kallio took Frölunda to the lead. Unfortunately Kratena was unable to return to the game. Philip Larsen shot a hard one from the blue line and Kallio was there to sink in the rebound. The second period was all Kärpät. Janne Pesonen had the first chance to tie the game as after Hannes Hyvönen's shot he had an open net but missed it. However Pesonen made up for it in the next attack as he scored from Laamanen's assist. Pesonen made some nice dekes past the defensemen and scored. Both teams got a chance to try 5 on 3 power plays. Kärpät scored two goals but Frölunda was shut out on these occasions. Towards the end of the third period Hannes Hyvönen skated past Larsen, deked out goalie Ahonen and scored a nice goal to make it 4-1. Kärpät scored once more as Tomi Mustonen shot a one-timer on a counterattack. Toni Söderholm made it 5-2 on Tuomas Tarkki's only mistake in the game. Sloppy wrist shot surprised Tarkki from a small angle. Overall the game was fast and entertaining with many penalties. Today Kärpät was the clearly better team on ice. The unfortunate thing about this game and the whole final weekend was the low attendance. Had the final been played in Oulu, the attendande would have been likely five fold of today's.

7th Place Game

Djurgårdens IF - HIFK Helsinki 6-4 (3-1,1-2,2-1)
02:15 0-1 Ilkka Pikkarainen (Charlie Cook) PP
06:06 1-1 Kristofer Ottosson (Fredrik Bremberg) PP
13:55 2-1 Timmy Pettersson (Nicklas Danielsson,Edvin Frylén) PP
19:56 3-1 Patric Hörnqvist
23:46 4-1 Thomas Johansson (Niklas Anger) PP
28:50 4-2 Ilkka Pikkarainen (Ryan Vesce,Janne Laakkonen)
35:26 4-3 Ryan Vesce (Janne Laakkonen) PP
41:02 5-3 Dick Axelsson (Morten Ask,David Printz) PP
42:36 6-3 Patric Hörnqvist (Oscar Eklund,Fredrik Bremberg)
56:21 6-4 Janne Keränen (Jerry Ahtola,Ryan Vesce) PP

Goalies:
Stefan Ridderwall DJU 16+5+14=35
Jan Lundell HIF 10+13+2=25 (out 58:37-59:09)

Penalties: DJU 11x2 HIF 6x2, 1x10
Att: 421

Final Ranking
1. Kärpät Oulu
2. Frölunda Indians
3. Färjestads BK
4. Tappara Tampere
5. TPS Turku
6. Linköpings HC
7. Djurgårdens IF
8. HIFK Helsinki

RBK Nordic Star
Tomi Kallio, Frölunda

Best Goalie
Tuomas Tarkki, Kärpät

Best Defender
Lee Sweatt, TPS

Best Forward
Niklas Andersson, Frölunda

Marc Brunengraber
09-09-2007, 03:53
Karpat consistently shows over and over again that they are one of the very best professional hockey teams in all of Europe. This is yet another example of that.

Tobias
09-09-2007, 08:45
Yes i'm impressed too. It's nice to see a Finish winner eventhough the Swedish league is stronger.

And Philip Larsen continues to produce - look out for him in the 08 draft!

Shardik
09-09-2007, 11:17
Karpat consistently shows over and over again that they are one of the very best professional hockey teams in all of Europe. This is yet another example of that.
Kärpät has been the power house of SM-Liiga for some years now but it has never been a secret that they aim to succeed internationally too. This has been noticed by the media also this summer. Here are a couple of quotes from SM-Liiga previews:

"Kärpät has grown bigger than the SM-Liiga."
"If KalPa is playing in the wrong league, so is Kärpät. Kärpät is too good for SM-Liiga."

Kärpät basically has three agendas this year. Win ECC, win SM-Liiga and secure a spot in the Champions League. I wouldn't even be that surprised if they did all that.

Marc Brunengraber
09-09-2007, 17:18
It will be interesting to see if they can get into the Victoria Cup competition.

Krm500
10-09-2007, 14:31
First of all I'll say that I didn't see the game but am relying on different sources on this. The oddest sequence in the game happened early on as Kärpät's Jere Karalahti threw a hard hit and got a penalty for it. The odd thing is that the man hit was a fellow-Kärppä, Ondrej Kratena after Karalahti narrowly missed Frölunda's player. It was on this power play that Tomi Kallio took Frölunda to the lead. Unfortunately Kratena was unable to return to the game. Philip Larsen shot a hard one from the blue line and Kallio was there to sink in the rebound. The second period was all Kärpät. Janne Pesonen had the first chance to tie the game as after Hannes Hyvönen's shot he had an open net but missed it. However Pesonen made up for it in the next attack as he scored from Laamanen's assist. Pesonen made some nice dekes past the defensemen and scored. Both teams got a chance to try 5 on 3 power plays. Kärpät scored two goals but Frölunda was shut out on these occasions. Towards the end of the third period Hannes Hyvönen skated past Larsen, deked out goalie Ahonen and scored a nice goal to make it 4-1. Kärpät scored once more as Tomi Mustonen shot a one-timer on a counterattack. Toni Söderholm made it 5-2 on Tuomas Tarkki's only mistake in the game. Sloppy wrist shot surprised Tarkki from a small angle. Overall the game was fast and entertaining with many penalties. Today Kärpät was the clearly better team on ice. The unfortunate thing about this game and the whole final weekend was the low attendance. Had the final been played in Oulu, the attendande would have been likely five fold of today's.

Your sources got it all right. It was the most entertaining game of the tournament that I've seen but unfortunately it was completely destroyed by the referees. Kärpät was (also unfortunately =) ) the better team and deserved the win.

The oddest sequence your talking about was, well odd. At first I couldn't stop laughing, until I saw that the guy that got hit was hurt. One Kärpät player was going to play Scott Stevens on Magnus Kahnberg, Kahnberg who has good skating abilities managed to get out of the way and behind him was another Kärpät player that got drilled into the boards instead. The player who delivered the check got a penalty, which he deserved, for (I did not see the call the referee made but I assume that it was) charging.