Finland took the lead and never gave it back

Finland remains the U19 world champions as they defeated Sweden with 7-4.

The final in the U19 WFC 2017 in Växjö was going to be a classic one. The host nation Sweden got to face the champion from the last tournament, Finland. The Finish team started of the game best and won the first period convincingly with three goals against none. It should be mentioned that Justus Kainulainen showed his magnificent skills by scoring a beauty between his legs for Finland.

The Swedish team wasn’t giving up the final and started getting back in the game in the second period when Kasper Broby scored one in the top right corner to reduce Finland’s lead. Sweden ended up winning the second period by 3-2 and went to the second rest with the score 5-3 in favour of the Finish team.

Finland kept the distance from Sweden throughout the game and when Justus Kainulainen scored the 7-4 goal in the empty net the game was settled, Finland remains the U19 World floorball champions for another two years.

– We were focused in the game and I think we handled the game all the way, said man of the match Justus Kainulainen after the game.

Kasper Broby wasn’t pleased with the result after the game:

– No, we didn’t win the gold, he said when asked if he was happy with the tournament.

//Kalle Göransson

Players of the match
Finland: Justus Kainulainen
Sweden: Kasper Broby

ALL STAR TEAM A-DIVISION

Goalkeeper
#95 Pontus Zarins, SWE

Defenders
#17 Ondrej Nemecek, CZE
#3 Antti Suomela, FIN

Center
#14 Simon Laubscher, SWI

Forwards
#10 Heikki Iiskola, FIN
#13 Joona Rantala, FIN

Photo: Calle Ström

Czech Republic winner of the bronze medal

Czech Republic fought the hardest to win the bronze medal as they defeated Switzerland with 8-5.

It would be a close game between Switzerland and Czech Republic as both team were eager to win the bronze medal. The Czech team gave themselves the lead after only 17 seconds in the first period. Both teams played their very best as Switzerland controlled the ball and Czech Republic worked hard and well in the defensive area. Nothing could separate the teams in the first period as the teams managed to score three goals each.

The second period would be in favour of the Czech team as Jakub Kolisko and Milan Melis gave their team an two goals lead, making the score 5-3 Czech Republic in the lead as the third period began. The Czech team wasn’t finished with their scoring as they scored two more in the beginning of the third period, making the score 7-3 and from here on it seemed like nothing could stop the Czech team from winning the bronze medal. Switzerland gave everything they had but Czech Republic stood strong and won the game with the score 8-5.

//Kalle Göransson

Players of the match
Switzerland: Simon Laubscher
Czech Republic: Josef Juha

ALL STAR TEAM B-DIVISION

Goalkeeper
#1 Eyton Yeoh, Australia

Defenders
#12 Marius Pedersen, Norway
#15 Ludvig Hansen, Norway

Center
#4 Simon Lenborg, Norway

Forwards
#13 Andreas Öun, Estonia
#16 Nils Hoffertbert, Germany

Germany secure bronze in B-division after victory over Australia!

In their final game of the MU19 World Floorball Championships, in Sweden, Germany where able to defeat Australia by 9-3 after a strong effort throughout the game.

It takes almost half the first period before a team scores. Germany’s Nils Hofferbert finds the net just past the nine-minute mark. He scores again with under two minutes to go, giving the German’s a 2-0 lead going into the second.

The Australians come out strong and Liam Perry scores on the 28 second mark. But Germany pour it on and score three more before Liam Perry can strike again. But the Germans keep on coming and Flemming Kuhl rounds of the scoring in the second period, Germany 7 Australia 3.

About six minutes into the third Gabriel Bonifacio extends the German lead to 8-3 and the Australian team can’t overcome the German lead. Germany wins by 9-3 and take home the bronze in the B-division.

Players of the game
Germany: Svenson Hoppe
Australia: Daniel Gartner

Playful Norway dominating the B-final

Norway showed that they belong in the A-tournament as they defeated Estonia with 12-2.

Estonia stood no chance as Norway decided to play their best in the final of the B-tournament in the last day of the U19 WFC 2017. Even though a tie game after 10 minutes played it was Norway who was dominating the game. And as the Norwegian defender Marius Pedersen started playing at his very best, Estonia struggled to keep the score level. Four goals in the first period followed up by four in the second made the score 8-1 in favour of the Norwegian team.

The third period followed the same pattern as Norway, with Marius Pedersen showing the way, played at their very best. The final score ended 12-2 to the Norwegian team and we will se Norway in the A-division for the tournament in Canada 2019.

//Kalle Göransson

Players of the match
Norway: Marius Pedersen
Estonia: Morten Talviste

Slovakia stays in the A-division

Slovakia took control of the game about 7th place several times but Poland showed great fighting spirit.

Poland scored to 5-5 in the beginning of the third period but Slovakia replicated with three goals in two minutes by Michal Dudovic, Michal Miske and Ronald Gasparik.

– The game was different then the matches in the group. We tried some counterattacks and it was really good. It´s hard to find some words for it, I´m really happy, says Slovakian player Michal Miske.

When Erik Moravcik scored 9-5 with five minutes left, everyone thought the match was over.

But not Poland. With Rafal Zacher (16.15), Jakub Korczak (17.44) and Wojciech Malajka (18.17) scoring it was a dramatic end of the game.

Slovakia won, 9-8, and is still in the A-division.

– It´s important for the next generation but I am a little bit ashamed over the loss against Denmark. It was a really bad day for us, says Michal Miske.

Players of the game
Poland: Jakub Korczak
Slovakia: Michal Miske

Dramatic fight for the 13th place as Hungary down Canada

In what can only be described as a roller coaster of a game Hungary defeated Canada by 8-10 after taking control of the game late in the third period.

Canadian captain Cameron Buck shows the way for the Canadians with a goal within the first two minutes of the game. But within minutes Hungary’s Norbert Kvasznicska answers with a goal of his own. Toward the middle of the first period it looks like Hungary might be getting a grip on the game when Denes Nagy gives them a 2-4 lead. But Canada come back and after switching the lead a couple times Canada’s Cedric Grenapin gives Canada a 6-5 upper hand going into the third period.

But in the third Hungary step up. Tamas Hoffmann scores two in a row and even though Canada score in five on three and then five on four, Hungary go on to win 8-10. This means Hungary snag the 13th place and Canada finish 14th.

Players of the game
Canada: Felix Robillard
Hungary: Kvasznicska Norbe

Sweden on to the big final

Sweden is celebrating their place in the final after winning 9-4 against Czech Republic.
– We played fantastic, says Filip Wiklund.
 

Czech Republic began best in the semi-final in VIDA Arena. After 20 minutes they had the lead 2-1. But early in the second period the game changed completely. Filip Wiklund scored the equalizer after only six seconds and then Sweden continued scoring up to 5-2.

– We had a serious talk before the second period and said that we had to play with our heart. That worked, says Filip Wiklund.

Czech Republic did 3-5 and 4-5, but in the third period Sweden began dominating again. Oskar Malmgren did three assists in a row and Sweden won 9-4.

– We played fantastic, says Wiklund.

Sweden plays against Finland in the final tomorrow at 15.30 pm.

Players of the game:
Sweden: Oskar Hovlund
Czech Republic: Josef Juha

Estonia defeat Australia and make to the B-division final!

The game between Australia and Estonia would turn out to be an even one with the teams taking turn scoring. But Estonia would take command in the second period and win by 4-7.

In the first period both teams have their chances but are unable to convert. About sixteen minutes into the first period Estonia strike, 0-1 but Australia answer within a minute. However Estonia’s Lauri-Robert Indus is able to find the net with under a minute to go of the period, 1-2.

In the second Estonia can score two unanswered goals before Australia’s notorious goal scorer Liam Perry bring them back into the game on the power play. And when Tomas Gartner gets Australia even closer it looks like a game again. But Estonia is the stronger team and makes sure Australia can’t get any momentum going. Estonia’s Simon Georg Mahla makes it 3-5 on the power play.

In the end Australia can never tie the game again, even though they were close. Estonia seal the win with an empty net goal, 4-7, and advance to the B-division final to face Norway.

Players of the game
Australia: Tomas Gartner
Estonia: Simon Georg Mahla