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    Nordic Trophy, (FIN, SWE), 9 August - 8 September 2007

    Nordic Trophy, (FIN, SWE), 9 August - 8 September 2007


    The unofficial Nordic Club Championship

    Participants

    Djurgårdens IF, Sweden
    Frölunda Indians, Sweden
    Färjestads BK, Sweden
    HIFK Helsinki, Finland
    Kärpät Oulu, Finland
    Linköpings HC, Sweden
    Tappara Tampere, Finland
    TPS Turku, 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

    RankTeam GPWOTWOTLLGF-GAPTS
    1Kärpät Oulu 7411125-1911
    2Frölunda Indians 7411125-2511
    3Tappara Tampere 7320220-1510
    4Färjestads BK 7311227-229
    5TPS Turku 7211319-237
    6Linköpings HC 7210419-176
    7Djurgårdens IF 7201419-215
    8HIFK Helsinki 7102416-284

    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/
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    News on the Nordic Trophy

    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
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    Nordic Trophys website:

    http://www.nordictrophy.com/

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    Djurgårdens IF
    Goalies Daniel Larsson, Mark Owuya, Stefan Ridderwall
    Defenders David Printz, Ronnie Pettersson, Dennis Persson, Jiri Marusak , 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 , Nicklas Danielsson

    Frölunda Indians
    Goalies Joel Gistedt , Ari Ahonen , Robin Rahm
    Defenders Philip Larsen , Antti-Jussi Niemi , Tuukka Mäntylä , Ronnie Sundin, Oscar Ackeström, Toni Söderholm , Jonas Ahnelöv, Andreas Holmqvist
    Forwards Michael Holmqvist, Justin Morrison , Fredrik Pettersson, Magnus Kahnberg, Karl Fabricius, Jonas Nordquist, Steve Kariya , Mikael Johansson, Jonas Esbjörs, Niklas Andersson, Martin Plüss , Jonas Johnson, Johan Andersson, Tomi Kallio

    Färjestads BK
    Goalies Christopher Heino-Lindberg, Jonas Gustafsson
    Defenders Johan Motin, Stefan Erkgärds, Jesper Mattsson, Dominik Granak , Jonas Frögren, Thomas Rhodin, Jens Skålberg, Richard Lintner , David Cullen
    Forwards Eero Somervuori , Pelle Prestberg, Esa Pirnes , Jonas Höglund, Peter Nordström, Jörgen Jönsson, Per Åslund, Martin Johansson, Emil Kåberg, Andreas Johansson, Christian Söderström, Rickard Wallin, Mathias Johansson, Mikael Johansson, Fabian Brunnström

    HIFK 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 , Tuomas Eskelinen
    Forwards Kimmo Kuhta, Steve Guolla , Miikka Jouhkimainen, Rem Murray , Juha Fagerstedt, Jermu Porthen, Janne Laakkonen, Jussi Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Ilkka Pikkarainen, Max Wärn, Janne Keränen, Pasi Nielikäinen, Ryan Vesce

    Kärpät 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 , Timo Vertala, Kalle Sahlstedt, Antti Aarnio, Juhamatti Aaltonen, Ondrej Kratena , Tomi Mustonen

    Linköpings HC
    Goalies Rastislav Stana , Jonas Fransson, Christian Engstrand
    Defenders Andreas Pihl, Burke Henry , Daniel Fernholm, Calle Gunnarsson, Johan Fransson, Ivan Majesky , Viktor Ekbom, Jonas Junland
    Forwards Tony Mårtensson, Joakim Eriksson, Patrik Zackrisson, Tim Eriksson, Mattias Carlsson, Niklas Persson, Niklas Olausson, Ville Vahalahti , Kim Staal , Fredrik Emvall, Martin Laumann-Ylvén , Mikael Håkanson, Mattias Weinhandl, Sebastian Lauritzen, Patric Blomdahl

    Tappara Tampere
    Goalies Harri Säteri, Mika Lehto, Tommi Nikkilä
    Defenders Miko Malkamäki, Matti Koistinen, Antti Uitto, André Benoit , Atte Pentikäinen, Anssi Salmela, Janne Grönvall, Harri Ilvonen, Teemu Aalto
    Forwards Janne Ojanen, Timo Koskela, Steve Saviano , Nestori Lähde, Antti Hölli, Teemu Nurmi, Arsi Piispanen, Jori Lehterä, Jarkko Pyymäki, Jonas Enlund, Sami Venäläinen, Quinn Hancock , Juha Kiilholma, Niclas Lucenius, Jukka Peltola, Niko Nieminen

    TPS Turku
    Goalies Alexander Salak , Juha Kuokkanen
    Defenders Marko Kiprusoff, Tony Vidgren, Niko Kluuskeri, Juho Jokinen, Aki-Petteri Berg, Antti Halonen, Lee Sweatt , 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
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    Djurgårdens 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.

    Frölunda 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.

    Färjestads 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.

    HIFK 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.

    Kärpät 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.

    Linköpings 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.

    Tappara 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.

    TPS 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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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.

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    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.

    ---

    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.
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    9.8.2007

    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    14 August 2007

    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.

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    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.
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    HIFK and TPS rosters for tonight's game

    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)
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    16.8.

    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
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    18.8.

    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.
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    22.8.

    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.
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    23.8.

    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.
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    Interesting to see all these Finnish wins. Are this tournament taken less serious by the Swedish teams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    Interesting to see all these Finnish wins. Are this tournament taken less serious by the Swedish teams?
    Tournament leader are not Finnish. :D

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    24.8.

    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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.

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    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).
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krm500 View Post
    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.
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    Djurgården won the NT Juniors final 3-0 vs Frölunda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krm500 View Post
    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).
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    28.8.

    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
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    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
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    29.8.

    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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!

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    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

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    30.8.

    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).
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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krm500 View Post
    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.

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    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.
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    4.9. Final Round

    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.
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    Statistics

    Most RBK Nordic Stars
    RankPlayerPosition TeamStars
    1Tomi Kallio RWFRÖ9
    2Fabian Brunnström LWFÄR6
    2Jonas Fransson GLIN6
    2Mattias Weinhandl RWLIN6
    5Daniel Larsson GDJU5
    5Janne Pesonen RWKÄR5
    5Ondrej Kratena LWKÄR5
    5Janne Ojanen CETAP5

    Best Scorers
    RankPlayerPosition TeamGPGAPTS
    1Tomi Kallio RWFRÖ75712
    2Mattias Weinhandl RWLIN7639
    3Niklas Andersson LWFRÖ7459
    4Pär Bäcker CEDJU7527
    5Per Åslund RWFÄR7347
    6Fabian Brunnström LWFÄR6336
    6Patric Hörnqvist RWDJU6336
    8Hannes Hyvönen RWKÄR6246
    9Mikael Johansson CEFÄR7246
    9Tommi Paakkolanvaara CEKÄR7246
    9Mikael Håkanson LWLIN7246

    Best Goalies (minimum 3 games)
    RankPlayer TeamGPW-LSOSOGGAAS%
    1Jonas Fransson LIN32-11831,3395,18
    2Tuomas Tarkki KÄR64-211922,3692,71
    3Mika Lehto TAP43-101132,2692,04
    4Juha Kuokkanen TPS52-311542,9190,26
    5Christopher Heino-Lindberg FÄR53-201302,5990,00

    Fair Play
    RankTeam Penalty MinutesPM/Game
    1Tappara Tampere 8412,00
    2Färjestads BK 10615,14
    3Frölunda Indians 11816,86
    4TPS Turku 12117,29
    5HIFK Helsinki 13919,86
    6Linköpings HC 15622,29
    7Djurgårdens IF 18025,71
    8Kärpät Oulu 20228,86

    Attendance Average
    RankTeam Home GamesAvg. Att.Compared to 2006
    1Kärpät Oulu 43,888+25%
    2TPS Turku 41,926+8%
    3Färjestads BK 41,688+63%
    4Linköpings HC 31,375-0,1%
    5Frölunda Indians 41,372+25%
    6HIFK Helsinki 31,361-33%
    7Tappara Tampere 31,116-0,9%
    8Djurgårdens IF 3826-54%

    Total Average: 1,769 (+6,8%)
    Last edited by Shardik; 15-09-2007 at 15:21.
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    7.9. Final Weekend, Day 1

    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.
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    8.9. Final Weekend, Day 2

    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
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    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    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.
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    It will be interesting to see if they can get into the Victoria Cup competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    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.

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