Parrish saves U.S. hopes; Slovenia win a first

Updated: May 6, 2005, 9:10 PM ET
Associated Press

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Mark Parrish scored the tying goal with 40 seconds left Friday when the puck bounced into the net off his skate, lifting the United States into a 4-4 tie with Finland in the second round of the world hockey championship.

The goal was allowed to stand when a video replay showed that Parrish didn't kick the puck. The Americans salvaged a point in the qualification round standings after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period.

Russia and Switzerland played to a 3-3 tie in Friday's other qualification round game.

With U.S. goalie Ty Conklin off for an extra skater in the final minute, defenseman Andy Roach did a great job to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

"Roachie wristed one down, kind of a bouncer, and the rebound came out," U.S. forward Doug Weight said. "It jumped in the air, Parrish went to the net, and ... pushed it in.

"We came back and showed some grit, got the tie. We'll take the point. It was a hard-earned point for both teams."

Parrish leads the U.S. team with four goals in four games.

The United States and Finland both have three points in Group F, one fewer than Sweden and Canada, who meet on Saturday.

Brett Hauer scored a power-play goal, and Mike Modano added his first tally in the tournament 1:16 later in the third period to give the United States a 3-1 lead.

But Niklas Hagman cut Finland's deficit to one just 16 seconds after Modano's goal.

Olli Jokinen tied it with a power-play goal at 13:10, shooting the puck off a rebound between Conklin's legs. Conklin then gave up a soft goal at 14:57, allowing Jarkko Ruutu's slap shot from just inside the blue line to beat him and give Finland a 4-3 advantage.

The Finns scored the opening goal 3:38 in when Timo Parssinen's close-in shot hit the right post and barely crossed the goal line.

Richard Park tied it at 12:30 with another power-play goal, tipping in a pass from Roach.

The United States will play Sweden, the runner-up each of the past two years, on Sunday. Finland will face two-time defending champion Canada.

"We're going to get some rest and regroup a little bit," Weight said. "But Sweden is tough. Sweden plays probably the most united game in this tournament. They know where everyone is. They play such a system that everyone on the ice knows where the other guy is."

In Vienna, Alexei Kovalev saved a point for Russia with a goal late in the second period.

Romano Lemm gave Switzerland the lead just 1:43 in when the Russians were short-handed. Pavel Datsyuk tied it less than a minute later, and Ilya Kovalchuk gave Russia the lead with a power-play goal at 5:11.

Paul DiPietro tied it again three minutes later and Mark Streit gave the Swiss a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal early in the second.

Slovenia rallied from three goals down and beat Denmark 4-3 on Friday in the opening game of the relegation round. Austria came back from a two-goal deficit in Vienna to tie Germany 2-2 in the other relegation game.

Edo Terglav's short-handed goal midway through the third period gave Slovenia its first win of the tournament after three first-round losses.

Denmark, which scored only two goals on 54 shots in its first three games, took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jesper Damgaard, Kasper Degn and Frans Nielsen.

Ivo Jan started Slovenia's comeback at 17:26 of the second. Anze Kopitar, a 17-year-old forward who is expected to be a high pick in the next NHL draft, made it 3-2 just 3:47 into the third period. Peter Rozic tied it 23 seconds later.

Slovenia, a newcomer to international hockey's top annual event, was outscored 18-1 in first-round losses to defending champion Canada, the United States and Latvia.

All four relegation-round teams went 0-3 in the first round.

The two top teams in the relegation round will stay in the championship next year, the last two will be demoted.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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