A couple of weeks ago the national ice hockey competition ended with Tampere in the finals. It was too bad because our city lost from Oulu and it has been like this for a couple of years in a row now.
After our last meeting we talked a bit about this topic and my partner suggested to watch a game of the World Championships in an authentic Finnish bar. So we went to a pub called Amadeus because they were showing the game between Finland and USA on big screen.
We arrived a bit earlier so we could order our beers and discuss the rules of ice hockey.
- There are six players of each team. Five on the ice and one in the goal.
- There are three periods of 20 minutes.
- If a team commits a penalty, the game continues with one player less of that team for a couple of minutes.
- It is allowed to touch the puck with your hands or skates on condition that it is for your own benefit.
The game started slowly, but it was obvious that the team from USA led the game. They made the first two goals in the first period. In the second period Finland made one goal. When USA scored their third goal, Finland was losing hope. They changed tactics and even the goalkeeper played on ice for a while. At the end we lost the game with 5-1.