Germany, Slovakia also win in consolation round

Updated: January 4, 2005, 12:01 AM ET
Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Janne Kolehmainen scored in the first two minutes of overtime to give Finland a 4-3 win over Sweden for fifth place in the World Junior Hockey Championship on Monday.

It was the second time Finland has rallied to defeat Sweden in this tournament, after winning the pool play matchup 5-4 with four unanswered goals in the third period.

That victory helped Finland come from behind again, said Petri Matikainen, the team's assistant coach.

"Psychologically, it made a difference," Matikainen said. "We knew we could come back and we didn't give up."

This time it was a goal by Teemu Nurmi in the final minute of regulation that wiped out a 3-2 lead for Sweden. Nurmi scored in the slot at 19:10 after Finland pulled goalie Joonas Hallikainen for an extra attacker.

Kolehmainen notched the game-winner at 1:37 of overtime when he stole the puck in the Swedish zone and fired it off the glove of goalie David Rautio Berguv and into the net.

"It was a wonderful feeling, especially coming against Sweden," Kolehmainen said of Finland's border rivals.

It was Kolehmainen's first goal of the tourney.

"He's not the most talented player but he's a hard worker," Matikainen said. "I was happy for him."

Hallikainen made 35 saves for Finland, including several stops from close range.

"He kept us in the game, especially in the second and third periods," Kolehmainen said.

Finland finished 4-2 and Sweden 2-4 overall.

In consolation games, Marek Hascak's goal in the third period gave Slovakia a 3-2 victory over Switzerland and Andre Reiss scored a power-play goal with less than two minutes left that lifted Germany over Belarus 4-3.

Slovakia (4-2 overall) finished the consolation round with a 3-0 record.

Switzerland (2-1 consolation, 2-4 overall) battled back from a two-goal deficit, tying at 2 on Kevin Romy's score with 8:36 left in the third period.

Hascak scored the game-winner at 13:07 when he charged the net from the left side and fired the puck over the glove of goalie Michael Tobler.

Reiss lifted Germany (1-2 consolation, 1-5 overall) to its lone win of the tournament when he scored on a bad-angle shot from the right post after receiving Florian Busch's pass from behind the net. It came with Belarus' Aliaksei Shahau in the penalty box for elbowing.

Alexy Ugarov scored twice for Belarus (0-3 consolation, 1-5 overall), including a power-play goal to give his team a 2-0 lead at 13:52 of the first period.


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