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12-31-2012, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Duffman955 View Post
What happened?

I thought you guys would meet Canada in the finals. The pre-tourny games were so good. Can someone explain what specifically went wrong?
Yellow liquid went to players head after the two exhibition games, they thought it was going to be easy.

Miro Aaltonen got injured, messing up the lines for basically the rest of the tournament. No duos were formed.

Defensive errors, passive penalty killing.

Team completely forgot the system which many of them are familiar with in the their club sides and the national teams. Puck control hockey, controlled break-outs. There were a lot of slow break-outs but they were constantly executed wrong. After the dman->dman passes, they're supposed to pass to a center who's made himself available low enough, then the center plays wide to the wingers who enter the zone, with the whole on-ice unit attacking in a tight group separated in 5 lanes so to speak, drive to the net/shoot/pass to the middle for the center/turn and utilize the second wave. What they ended up doing was pass to the wingers who mostly lost the puck in the neutral zone or tried "long balls" because the centers were too far up the ice or nowhere to be seen. In a matter of few days they completely forgot how to play "our game".

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