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Finland vs. Russia: Finns score four unanswered goals, win bronze at 2021 world juniors

Medals will probably be handed out immediately, and the primary sport on the day’s docket pits two powerhouses, Finland and Russia, in opposition to one another for bronze. 

It is a powerful turnaround to go from shedding within the semifinals and having your golden goals dashed fewer than 24 hours in the past to getting ramped up. However there’s rather a lot on the road — the winner takes residence some {hardware} whereas the loser leaves World Juniors bubble hockey empty-handed.

“It is gonna be powerful for positive however, after all, they will. It is our final sport, so I hope that we convey a group effort,” Finland head coach Antti Pennanen mentioned after the semifinal loss to the U.S.

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“That is hockey. Clearly, it is a loss and the boys are emotionally drained and mentally drained after the sport,” famous Russia’s bench boss Igor Larionov after his group’s lopsided loss to Canada. “Proper now we have 24 hours to prepare for the sport and to go and play our greatest hockey and attempt to win the bronze medal.”

Finland enters the sport after a heartbreaking loss to the U.S. The never-say-die Finns fought again to tie issues up late within the third earlier than Arthur Kaliyev scored the game-winner with 76 seconds left. Russia simply regarded off from the bounce in opposition to Canada and was left goose-egged 5-0.

However do not count on these two groups to not convey their A video games Tuesday night time. Anton Lundell continues to be a driving pressure for Finland’s offense — his strain led to the tying aim — whereas Kasper Simontaival potted two massive targets to up his event whole to seven and tie Lundell for the group lead in targets (4). Finland’s protection has additionally been typically strong and Kari Piiroinen has regarded sharp in web because the group No. 1.

“It has been a extremely superior journey with these guys to be right here within the bubble. We nonetheless need to get the medal and be happy with this group,” Kasper Puutio mentioned after the loss. “Nonetheless undoubtedly going to be giving the perfect we have now and attempting to get the bronze medal.”

As for Russia, the group is powered by its top-six with Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov main the way in which with six factors (two targets, 4 assists). Yaroslav Askarov had a less-than-stellar look within the semifinals and saved shedding his stick for a lot of the primary interval that led to no less than two targets by the Canadians.

Sporting Information had all of the motion as Finland received bronze. 

(All instances Japanese)

Finland vs. Russia rating, highlights from 2021 World Juniors bronze-medal sport

Third interval: Finland 4, Russia 1

7:58 p.m. — EN GOAL. With 12.6 seconds left they get one other one, this time by Juuso Parssinen. Finland leads 4-1.

7:56 p.m. — EN GOAL. The captain Anton Lundell, who has been a pressure all event for Finland, ices it with an empty-netter with 1:28 left. Finland leads 3-1.

7:55 p.m. — Scramble in entrance and good likelihood — Russia thought they scored — however Piironen had it.

7:54 p.m. — With 1:55 left in regulation and a deep faceoff, Russia pulls its netminder.

7:53 p.m. — Finns making massive blocks together with one by Santeri Hatakka off a degree shot that stung.

7:46 p.m. — No luck. Russia’s Podkolzin runs into his personal teammate within the impartial zone and his stick will get up within the face and cuts one of many Finns giving them a four-minute penalty.

7:37 p.m. — Askarov makes a cease on the purpose shot however cannot management the rebound however recovers with a pleasant kick save and a magnificence.

7:24 p.m. — GOAL. Off a double deflection, first by a Russian defender after which by Mikko Petman, Finland takes the lead simply 1:13 into the ultimate body. Finland leads 2-1.

7:22 p.m. — Third interval underway. Tie sport. The winner takes bronze.

Second interval: Finland 1, Russia 1

7:04 p.m. — The interval involves an finish and it is all tied up. Buckle up for the third interval.

7:00 p.m. — Anton Lundell with a go throughout the royal street however Eemil Viro, coming down from the purpose, cannot join on it as his stick will get caught up at a bizarre angle. Viro goes face-first into the board and leaves holding his again after the coaching got here out.

6:59 p.m. — Finland will get an influence play after some after the whistle greetings.

6:58 p.m. — Finland with a very good likelihood off a scramble in entrance as a shot goes off the aim submit in between.

6:37 p.m. — GOAL. Anton Lundell deflects the Topi Niemela level shot off a robust Finland forecheck to tie issues up. That is Lundell’s fifth aim of the tourney and Niemela’s sixth helper. Ville Heinola’s sturdy work alongside the boards helped result in that aim too. Recreation tied 1-1.

6:31 p.m. — Fifteen seconds in and Ville Heinola will get referred to as for high-sticking. Russia heads to the ability play. (They might not rating)

6:31 p.m. — The second interval is underway.

First interval: Russia 1, Finland 0

6:12 p.m. — First interval involves an finish. Russia got here out quick however Finland picked up its sport as time went on. Keep in mind: by no means rely the Finns out.

6:09 p.m. — Finland inching nearer as they hit the aim submit.

6:05 p.m. — Finland breaks in 2-on-1 however Artemi Kniazev (SJS) breaks up the Anton Lundell go. The Finns have elevated their sport after popping out flat.

6:03 p.m. — Askarov wanting extra like a first-round draft choose tonight.

6:02 p.m. — Now it is Askarov with the massive save as Aku Raty’s feed is ideal to 2 crashing Finns however Juuso Parssinen cannot bang it in. 

6:00 p.m. — What a save by Piiroinen as he point-blank robs Rodion Amirov (Maple Leafs) on the doorstep. Amirov ought to have had a simple aim there because the puck deflects to him. What a save.

5:58 p.m. — Slightly below 9 minutes left within the interval and Askarov makes a glove save on the second Finnish shot he is seen all sport.

5:46 p.m. GOAL. Russia retains the puck in. Maxim Groshev with a fairly straightforward backhander on web that Piiroinen would not corral and Ilya Sofonov buries the rebound. Russia leads 1-0.

5:45 p.m. — Podkolzin off the pipe with a deflection likelihood. Not a shot on aim however Russia is outshooting the Finns 3-0.

5:43 p.m. — Yegor Chinakhov comes off the bench and breaks in on their own however Kari Piiroinen makes the cease. Nice heads up go by 2021 eligible Kirill Kirsanov to spring him.

5:39 p.m. — Recreation on. Arseny Gritsyuk bought damage in opposition to Canada and is out.

Pregame

5:34 p.m. — Fast be aware: Finland misplaced within the semis to Canada 5-0 in 2020 after which misplaced within the bronze-medal sport to Sweden 3-2.

4:41 p.m — Traces.

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