With just over two minutes to play with Finland leading 3-1 against Canada, it seemed almost certain that the hockey world champion was already known. At the end of the game in Tampere, however, the Canadians showed their will struggle finish.
In the 17th minute and 48th second of the third period, Zach Whitecloud scored a contact goal. 48 seconds later, the action was led by Mathew Barzal and Drake Batherson, and Maxime Comtois scored to make it 3-3. The Canadians turned result match, although it looked like the Finns would be responsible for the spectacular third-period action.
In less than 10 minutes, the World Cup hosts scored as many as three goals. The Finns lost in the 4th minute of the second period after Dylan Cozens’ goal. In the last period, Mikael Granlund nevertheless shone, scoring two goals in less than two minutes and giving his representation leading 2:1. At 14 minutes and 4 seconds Games Joel Armia increased the score to 3:1.
Finland world hockey champion
Extra time was needed to decide the world championship. The Finns turned out to be better. The golden goal in the 6th minute and 42nd second was scored by Sakari Manninen. Fans in the stands went wild with joy, including Finland’s Prime Minister – Sanna Marin – who watched the game with her husband.
This is Finland’s fourth gold medal in men’s hockey world championship history. Previous titles have been won in 1995, 2011 and 2019. With Sunday’s victory, the Finns got their revenge on the Canadians for the loss a year ago. Almost a year ago in Riga, Canada, also after extra time, won 3:2.
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