Hockey Powers Canada, United States, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic will battle it out in the hockey World Cup. Each team will play each other once with the top two teams advancing to the final. Third and fourth will play off for the bronze medal. The 2002-2003 Strat Hockey season cards will be used for this tournament. The cards represented here were the year after the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.

POOL A Wins Losses Ties Points
 Canada 2 0 0 4
 Russia 1 1 0 2
 Sweden 0 2 0 0
POOL B Wins Losses Ties Points
 Czech Rep. 3 0 0 6
 Finland 1 2 0 2
 USA 1 2 0 2
 Slovakia 1 2 0 2




Russia 3 at Canada 4 Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see the Russians tie it 3-3 in the third. But Todd Bertuzzi scored on an outside shot with just under five minutes left to give the Canadians the win. Canada outshot Russia 34-18. Russia was 1/7 on the powerplay and Canada 0/1.
Czech Republic 2 at United States 1 (OT) . Jaromir Jagr scored 24 seconds into overtime to give the Czech Republic a big win.
Slovakia 2 at Finland 4. Marian Hossa had two goals for Slovakia, but it was not enough as Sami Kapanen and Teemu Selanne replied with two themselves and the Fins beat the Slovaks.
Canada 6 at Sweden 2 Joe Sakic had a pair of goals and Tommy Salo just was not top caliber as the Canadians beat the Swedes.
United States 4 at Finland 3 (overtime)
Wow, what a game. Vesa Toskala stood on his head and nearly stole a point in this game. Toskala stops 38 shots (13/14 goalie ratings) but Adam Deadmarsh scores at 2:57 of overtime to give the US a much needed 4-3 win. USA outshot the Fins 42-28 (14-2).
Slovakia 2 at Czech Republic 4. Marian Hossa was in on the first two goals and was a huge force early as the Slovaks led 2-0. But the Czech Republic scored some easy goals on Jan Lasak and tallied four consecutive times for the win. Roman Cechmanek was solid in net for the Czechs. Slovaks-Hossa, Demitra. Czechs- Elias, Sykora, Hamrlik, Jagr pp. Saves: Slo=Lasak 28 (2/5 gr) Cze- Cechmanek 29 6/8.
Sweden 1 at Russia 3. The Swedes appeared to have this one won. They were up 1-0 midway through the third period when the Zhamnov-Kovalev-Kovalchuk line exploded with 3 goals in 3 minutes, the last one coming on the powerplay. Shots were equal at 29 and the Russians had more goalie ratings 9-4. Three Stars: 1. Kovalev. 2. Zhamnov 3. Salo Gwg- Zhamnov
USA 4 at Slovakia 5 Huge shock and a huge blow to the Americans playoff spot. Marian Hossa scores his second goal of the game with just under 9 minutes left on the powerplay to give the Slovaks the win. Brett Hull had two goals for the Americans. The United States got questionable goaltending from Garth Snow and they generated very few quality shots. Saves: USA_ Snow 26 (3/7 on gr) Slo- Lasak 31 (0/4 gr). Three Stars: 1. M. Hossa 2. B.Hull 3. M.Gaborik.
Finland 2 at Czech Rep. 6 . The Fins dominated period one outshooting the Czechs 15-2 but could not score. The Czechs then came out flying in period two and scored four unanswered goals to take control. Milan Hejduk, Peter Cajanek and Martin Rucinsky all had a goal and an assist for the Czechs.

Fins win the tiebreaker for second spot in Pool B based on goals for-goals against in head to head play with the tied teams (US, Slovakia).



2nd Pool B (Finland) vs 1rst in Pool A (Canada)

Finland 0 Canada 6

Canada came out flying and never let up on the pressure. The Canadians got goals from Redden, S.Stevens and Ryan Smyth in the first period and cruised to a 6-0 win. Canada outshot the Fins 36-24 (9-3).Al MAcinnis, Mario Lemieux and Brendan Shanahan (ppg) completed the scoring. Marty Turco had the shutout.

2nd Pool A (Russia) vs 1rst in Pool B (Czech Republic)

Russia 1 Czech Republic 0

In the best game of the tournament, Russia scores at 13:28 of the third period to win the game 1-0. Sergei Fedorov took a pass from Alexander Mogilny and beat the Czech netminder Roman Cechmanek. The Czechs outshot the Russians 31-29 (5-7 gr). Sergei Fedorov was also the first star of the game. Roman Cechmanek was the second star stopping 28 shots (7/7 gr), and Nikolai Khabibulin was the third star stopping 31 shots (5/5 gr).


Russia 2 at Canada 4
Russia jumped out first to a 1-0 lead but Canada came back with four unanswered goals as Team Canada defeated the Russians 4-2 in the gold medal game. Brendan Shanahan lead the Canadian attack with two goals and was named the first star (also gwg). Kirk Maltby assisted on both of Shanahan’s goals and was the second star. Sergei Fedorov played a great game for the Russians and had a goal and an assist for the third star.

Saves: Russia- Khabibulin 26 2/4 gr ; Canada- M.Turco 27 3/3 gr. Game summary below.

First Period
Russia -1- Zubov (Federov, Mogilny) b,1-11
Canada -1- Redden (Peca) O,1-6
Canada -2- Bertuzzi (Thornton, Foote) I, 1-14
Canada- Primeau (2)
Russia- Zubrus (2)

Second Period
No scoring
Canada- Bertuzzi (2) Canada- Heatley (2), Russia- Antropov (2)

Third Period
Canada-3- Shanahan (Maltby, Redden) I, GR
Canada-4- Shanahan (Maltby, Redden) I, GR
Russia-2- Fedorov (Mogilny) I, 1-13
Canada – Daze (2)

Three Stars: 1- Shanahan 2- Maltby 3- Fedorov gwg-Shanahan

Russia 08-10-11=29
Canada 11-12-07=30

Goalie Ratings
Russia 0-1-2=3
Canada 1-1-2=4