Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jokinen, Peltonen leave Worlds with bronze

Finland defeated Sweden in the consolation, bronze-medal game this afternoon in the IIHF World Championships. Despite mustering only 13 shots on goal, the Fins won 4-0. The entire game was played at a somewhat muted pace, as if both teams understood that this was a 3rd place game... why risk injury?

Neither Olli nor Ville factored in on any of the Finnish goals, but it was a decent 2 weeks for the Panther forwards at the tournament. Both were among the team leaders in shots on net (Ollie with 32, Pelts with 29). Jokinen finished with 1 goal, 4 assists, and a +2 rating while skating in 8 games. Peltonen recorded 1 goal and 3 assists, but a -4 rating during his 9 games on the ice, and although a forward, was 2nd on the team in total ice time.

Magnus Johansson was on the ice in a losing cause for the Swedes. He also provided a solid presence on the blueline for the "Tre Kronor." He wrapped up the Championships easily leading his team in ice time, logging over 36 minutes more than the 2nd leading ice getter. He finished with 26 shots on goal, 1 goal, 2 assists, and most importantly for a defenseman, a +1 rating. Hopefully he can bring this kind of leadership and play back to the Panthers next season.

Jay Bouwmeester and Team Canada will look to claim the gold medal playing at home tomorrow against the Russians.

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