Final – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava

IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game Canada vs Finland World Champion Team Finland Ondrej Nepela Arena ©hockeyfans.ch/Andreas Robanser

The final match between Canada and Finland was also the first game of this World Cup. The Finns won the match 3-1. In the semi-final, the Finns defeated the favored Russia 1-0. The Canadians have been getting better and better throughout this tournament. With two „last seconds“ victories in the preliminary and quarter-finals, and an impressive victory over the Czech Republic, they are right in the final.

It also started right away and Reinhart had the first chance for Canada. The Finns played along with this pace. After a mistake by Myers on the Finnish zone Sallinen comes to the puck and starts a counterattack. The Finnish striker could only be stopped with a foul and there was a penalty. Kaski led this, but Murray in the Canadian goal could fend off. It was an open exchange and Murray kept a good save from Savinainen. In a Canadian move, Goalie Lankinen had to save from Cirelli and Reinhart. Halfway through the period, the puck comes from mantha to Theodore. The overplayed the defense and scored the 1-0 for Canada (11.). But the Finns started to counterattack. After a shot from Rajala Murray fends off shortly and Savinainen tries to score with four tries. Canada came to power after Tyrvainen hit McCann with a cross check. In this power play, Marchessault and Turris awarded good chances to score another goal.

IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game Canada vs Finland #55 Atte Ohtamaa, #27 Shea Theodore, #30 Kevin Lankinen. Ondrej Nepela Arena ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Kakko also had a good chance, but this could ward off Murray.After the break, Finland immediately pushed for equalizer. After just three minutes it was Anttila who scored the equalizer to make it 1-1 (23.). The Finns go down and Ojamaki fails Murray. Kakko also had a good chance, but this could ward off Murray and Kiviranta was unlucky, his shot passes just by the gate. Then the Canadians came back into the game better, Strome just misses, Myers fails to Lankinen. When a stream of short distance shots is fired, the puck goes to the pole. towards the end of the period, Canada had a power play that was taken over in the last period.

IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game Canada vs Finland #30 Matt Murray, #12 Marko Anttila. Ondrej Nepela Arena ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

The Canadians were the more active team after the second break at the beginning. But the defensive of the Finns did not allow too many chances. The best was Chabot, but Lankinen was a sure goalie. But then Finland came to a power play. That lasted only 20 seconds and it was again Anttila, who scored the lead to 2-1 (43.). The Canadians were immediately in the counterattack, but Strome and Marchessault could not beat Lankinen. It continued with the Canadian attacks and a good chance for Reinhart, but Lankinen holds. The Canadians made right pressing, Stone forgives as well as Couturier his chance. A few minutes before the end, the Finns played a quick counterattack. In the Canadian zone Pesonen comes to the puck. With a sharp shot, the puck goes past friend and foe to make it 3-1 (56.) – Goalie Murray was the view blocked. Coach Vigneault took Murray off the ice and there was an empty net for more than three minutes. But it did not use anything anymore. The Finns defended this result with iron fighting spirit and will until the end. Finland win their third World Championship title with this victory. The last title was won by the Scandinavians in 2011, as well as in Bratislava. Slovakia should be a good ground for Finland.

IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game Canada vs Finland World Champion Team Finland Ondrej Nepela Arena ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Photo Galerie CAN vs FIN

Team Canada vs Team Finland 1-3 (1-0, 0-1, 0-2)