Fastest goal of the tournament takes Belarus to the quarter finals
Belarus beats Finland after penalty shots and sends Slovakia out of the tournament
The game between Finland and Belarus opened with a bang as Sergei Demagin scored already after five seconds. Of course the fatest goal of the tournament. Finland dominated the game and outshot Belarus 45-19 but Andrei Mezin made another great World Championship game and made 44 saves.
Finland's only goal was scored halfway through the game when Janne Niskala found the net on a power play. Belarus knew that they only needed one point to qualify for the quarter finals and when they got a late power play they decided to play it safe and only keep the puck within the team with out attacking.
But the tactic almost bite back on them as they became so defensive that the Swedish referee Markus Vinnerborg called for a face off in Belarus' defensive zone. On the face off with five seconds left Finland almost scored the game winner but Mezin made another great save and took Belarus to the semi finals.
The game went to a penalty shoot out and once again Oleg Antonenko scored the game winning goal for Belarus, he scored on two penalty shots. Mikhail Grabovsky also scored for Belarus doing something like what Peter Forsberg did in the Olympic final 1994.
Finland - Belarus 1-2 (0-1,1-0,0-0,0-0,0-1)
0-1 (0:05) Sergei Demagin (M Grabovsky)
1-1 (33:22) Janne Niskala (P Nummelin) PP
1-2 GWS Oleg Antonenko
Story added on 2nd May 2009 at 20:54 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.