June 28, 2008

Sweden takes home the gold in inline hockey

Just thought I would do a follow-up on my post about the Inline Hockey World Championship as the final took place today.

The final was played between Sweden and Slovakia. Sweden had advanced to final by beating Finland in the quarterfinal (9-3) and USA in the semi (12-8), while Slovakia got there by wins against Czech Republic (6-5 in OT) and Germany (3-2 in OT).

Sweden, which was the defending Champion and had already beaten Slovakia 5-0 earlier in the tournament, was obviously the favorite. They stood up to the pressure and took home the gold after a comfortable 7-3 win. Yay!

Sweden's top scorer was Detroit prospect Dick Axelsson, who had 9 goals and 7 assists in 6 games. He ended up second in points in the tournament behind college hockey player Pat Lee, who had 8 goals and 10 assists in 6 games. Lee couldn't help his USA to a medal though as they lost to Germany, 7-8, in the bronze game.

Directorate Awards:

Best Goalkeeper - Sasu Hovi (FIN)
Best Defenseman - Lee Sweatt (USA)
Best Forward - Linus Klasen (SWE)
MVP - Dick Axelsson (SWE)

Other players from the tournament you might have heard of:

Ales Hemsky, Czech Republic
Karel Rachunek, Czech Republic
Petr Tenkrat, Czech Republic
Lubomir Visnovsky, Slovakia

For full stats from the tournament, check here. Oh and congrats to the Swedish players!


Kyle said...

Hat Trick Dick gets the MVP but not the Best Forward! Something's fishy!

Good for him anyway.

Zach said...

Im part swedish, so congrats to my semi-country men for winning the inline Tourney.

On to the MVP,Dick is looking to be a great future Wing, hopefully he can carry his sucess to North america and we'll have another great Swede.