Finland beats Kazakhstan
Relegation round still not decided
Kazakhstan lost yet another match with a big margin as their have been defeated again in the second relegation round game with a 7-1 score, this time by Finland, who they eventually beaten in a test match prior of the tournament. They have amassed a total of three goals in the entire competition.
The Finns were up by three goals already in the first intermission as Jyri Niemi, Joonas Rask and Tomi Sallinen put the puck in the back of Yankov’s net.
The second period started up more interestingly as Konstantin Savenkov tipped in a rebound after a big shot by Aleksandr Kaznacheev, but a nice backhander by Antti Roppo restored the two-goal lead for Finland, who scored other three times with Tomas Hartikainen, Toni Rajala and again Hartikainen.
Even if it doesn’t seem avoidable, team Kazakhstan isn’t yet relegated, nor is Finland automatically saved. Finland tops the relegation round standings with six points, Latvia and Germany follow with three, Kazakhstan closes still pointless. Kazakhstan could beat Latvia on Sunday and cheering for a big time victory of the Finns against Germany to stay up in the elite battalion, but the chances for this are really, really slim.
Finland – Kazakhstan 7-1 (3-0; 2-1; 2-0)
00:22 1-0 J Niemi (Hartikainen)
06:29 2-0 J Rask (Hartikainen)
16:32 3-0 T Sallinen (Hartikainen, Rask)
21:03 3-1 K Savenkov (Kaznacheev)
27:26 4-1 A Roppo (Sallinen, Jarvinen) SH
39:09 5-1 T Hartikainen (Sallinen, Nattinen) PP
44:33 6-1 T Rajala (Granlund, Melart) PP2
54:13 7-1 T Hartikainen (Rask, Jyrkkio) PP
Shots: 50-21 (22-4,11-10,17-7)
Story added on 4th January 2009 at 09:05 GMT
Story submitted by: Alessandro Seren Rosso.