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Group A • Dec. 30 • Finland 5, Switzerland 4 (SO)

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12-29-2012, 02:26 PM
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Group A • Dec. 30 • Finland 5, Switzerland 4 (SO)

2013 IIHF U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | GROUP A
DECEMBER 30, 2012
2:30 AM ET • 08:30 CET • 13:30 YEKT




Sports Palace, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation
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Finland
Official lineup.
Left WingCenterRight Wing
22 Miikka Salomäki (A)
11 Markus Granlund
19 Ville Järveläinen
20 Teuvo Teräväinen
16 Aleksander Barkov
10 Joel Armia
13 Markus Hännikäinen
26 Robert Leino
28 Artturi Lehkonen
21 Thomas Nykopp
23 Saku Salminen
24 Matti Lamberg

Left DefenseRight Defense
8 Henri Auvinen
5 Rasmus Ristolaineni (A)
4 Petteri Lindbohm (C)
12 Ville Pokka
27 Juuso Vainio
3 Juuso Riikola

Starting GoalieBackup Goalie
30 Joonas Korpisalo
1 Eetu Laurikainen

ScratchesReason
G 30 Janne Juvonen
Healthy
D 2 Olli Määttä (A)
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F 15 Miro Aaltonen
Foot injury

Switzerland
Last game's lineup.
Left WingCenterRight Wing
22 Sven Andrighetto (A)
9 Tanner Richard
15 Mike Künzle
10 Alessio Bertaggia
11 Christoph Bertschy (C)
16 Sandro Zanegger
12 Dario Simion
28 Lukas Balmelli
12 Lino Martschini
24 Lukas Sieber
21 Jan Neuenschwander
19 Robin Leone
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23 Martin Ness
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Left DefenseRight Defense
14 Dean Kukan
2 Cédric Hächler (A)
8 Christian Marti
4 Mirco Müller
27 Samuel Guerra
29 Eliot Antonietti
4 Phil Baltisberger
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Starting GoalieBackup Goalie
1 Melvin Nyffeler
20 Luca Boltshauser

ScratchesReason
G 30 Robin Kuonen
Healthy

Officials
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Sergei Kulakov
Pat Smith
Dmitriy Sivov
Peter Stano


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12-29-2012, 03:29 PM
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The Swiss are capable of pulling off an upset. However I don't see them beating the Finns. I will predict a 4-2 Finland win.

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Don't see Finland losing 2 times in a row. Especially against a weaker team. When is the last time that has happened?

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Hopefully the players can step up their performances, now that the results matter

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12-29-2012, 04:01 PM
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The Swiss pulling an upset would be the hugest thing in a while. Don't know how motivated the Swedes were, but Finland has no reason to bring nothing but their A game.

If they don't, well... then they truly deserve to lose this.

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3-2 Swiss in OT

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At the U18 tournament in Zuchwil/Switzerland Finland won 8:3. Hope the same thing doesn't happen at the U20.

2:0 Switzerland (2nd is EN)

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2-0 Switzerland? I respect the switz team and all, but lets play first ey?

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The Swiss pulling an upset would be the hugest thing in a while. Don't know how motivated the Swedes were, but Finland has no reason to bring nothing but their A game.

If they don't, well... then they truly deserve to lose this.
Well put, I want to see them play this time around.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but Finland is out if they lose this game in regulation. I think they will win though.

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2:0 Switzerland (2nd is EN)
yeah right.

Czech game is forgotten, 6-0 Finland

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12-29-2012, 05:27 PM
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4-2 Finland.

Switzerland are a very aggressive, fast skating team. Against Sweden they played smart defense and created good chances from counter attacks. I was very impressed with their game.

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yeah right.

Czech game is forgotten, 6-0 Finland
I hope the team Finland underestimates us the same way you do. 6:0 against a team that just forced Sweden to a SO is probably more than just a bit high. If Nyffeler plays as solid as against Sweden it's going to be close

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12-29-2012, 05:45 PM
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a team that just forced Sweden to a SO is probably more than just a bit high.
I think THAT is the reason he is being so cocky. The Swiss showed what they can do against Sweden, so no underestimating them. Plus, Finland knows it's a do or die game, and they have a lot to show since their last game.

Honestly, if the Swiss play the game of their life against highly agitated Finland, or for some reason the Finns come to the game as unprepared as to the last one (both unlikely) - SUI win.

Every other scenario - FIN win.


It's not unwinnable for the Swiss by no means, but don't let the good result vs. Sweden go into your heads, they'll still be huge underdogs riding into this.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but Finland is out if they lose this game in regulation. I think they will win though.
Finland are not technically out, even if they lose against Switzerland. But this would mean that Finland have to defeat Sweden, and Czech Rep. have to lose their last 2 games (against Latvia and Switzerland).

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I think THAT is the reason he is being so cocky. The Swiss showed what they can do against Sweden, so no underestimating them. Plus, Finland knows it's a do or die game, and they have a lot to show since their last game.

Honestly, if the Swiss play the game of their life against highly agitated Finland, or for some reason the Finns come to the game as unprepared as to the last one (both unlikely) - SUI win.

Every other scenario - FIN win.


It's not unwinnable for the Swiss by no means, but don't let the good result vs. Sweden go into your heads, they'll still be huge underdogs riding into this.
Nobody is denying that we are underdogs and the odds are against us but we habe always been good against big teams (and awful against mediocre teams) so I think it's going to be close. If everything goes by the book Finland wins but rarely in hockey everything goes as planned

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Well, if Finland doesn't win tomorrow they got absolutely nothing to do in the medal rounds, so there's that. Last game against the Czechs was about the worst i've seen from any FIN team in a long time, so i expect them to go out hard tomorrow and win this game comfortably. On the other hand Switzerland seems to have a talented group of guys gathered who play their hearts out every game, so this one is mos def going to be a tough one! Can't wait til the puck drops

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Swiss should save some energy tomorrow and focus on their game against Czechs. That game will decide wether they will play in medal or relegation round.

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Swiss should save some energy tomorrow and focus on their game against Czechs. That game will decide wether they will play in medal or relegation round.
Well, this one can too if they win it.

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Easy win !

3-2 SO

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I hope finnish players get Teppo Numminen's motivation and ultimate defensive skills overnight and shutout Switzerland.

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If everything goes by the book Finland wins but rarely in hockey everything goes as planned
Most of the time it does, actually.

The Swiss already had one stronger opponent in a tight spot, it'll be interesting to see whether they can extend it to two in a row. Might be the first budding signs of truly breaking it into the elite.

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I hope the team Finland underestimates us the same way you do. 6:0 against a team that just forced Sweden to a SO is probably more than just a bit high. If Nyffeler plays as solid as against Sweden it's going to be close
I don't underestimate them, you shouldn't get too happy from a point steal against Sweden. Sweden has always hard time against the semi-tier teams in preliminary rounds, wasn't even that surprised that it was a close game.

If that game would have been played as a quarterfinal, Sweden would of blew out Switzerland.

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Who is starting in nets for the Finns? Will Laurikainen ever get the nod?


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I like the Finns to win this one... Probably a chip on their shoulder and it is a do or die game. Any ideas if it'll be high or low scoring?

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