The Canadian juniors beat Finland 3:2 in overtime in the World Hockey Championship final


Update: 21.08.2022 05:54

Edmonton – Canada’s hockey players won the U20 World Championship in Edmonton. In the final, despite losing a two-goal lead, they defeated Finland 3:2 in overtime. Forward Kent Johnson decided the Canadians’ nineteenth title in the history of the junior championships in 63:20.

The favored overseas team, playing for gold for the third time in a row, were already 2-0 up early in the second period in front of more than 13,000 spectators when Joshua Roy’s opening goal was followed by William Dufour. The Northerners got back into the game in the third period when Joakim Kemell equalized after Aleksi Heimosalmi was brought down. However, Johnson had the last word.

The Canadians thus returned to the throne after the silver from the last championship, when they also had to absorb the final defeat against the USA in the Rogers Place arena in Edmonton. The Finns won their fifth silver, last time they finished third.

Canada, which remained the only undefeated team in the tournament and defeated the Czech team 5-2 in the semi-finals, started with a bang, but the spectators did not get the opening goal until the 12th minute, when Roy made his way from the stop. He could also have added a minute later, but this time Finnish goalkeeper Juha Jatkol had the upper hand.

Dufour beat the excellent catching goalkeeper of the Northerners only after 41 seconds of the second half. The Finns soon reached a timeout. In the 27th minute, Jatkola held them up again as Johnson raced towards him. Despite a series of five expulsions on the Finnish side, the home team did not add another goal.

While the fight in the basic group (6:3) was decided by the Canadians practically after two thirds, this time everything was different. Heimosalmi reduced in the 45th minute and one shot after another was aimed at Dylan Garand in the Canadian goal. In total, the Finns sent seventeen of them in the third act alone.

Tyson Foerster could have calmed down the home team, but he failed from the stop. The Finns sensed an opportunity and took advantage of it. In the 51st minute, Kemell came through and it was tied. By the end of the regular playing time, the new champions had not been decided.

The Northerners could have converted in the second minute of overtime, but they didn’t capitalize on a three-on-one count when home captain Mason McTavish helped Garand to stop the puck on the goal line. Johnson cheered up the Canadians when he beat Jatkola on the second attempt.

Canada – Finland 3:2 v prodl. (1:0, 1:0, 0:2 – 1:0)

Goals and assists: 12. J. Roy (McTavish), 21. Dufour (Zellweger, McTavish), 64. K. Johnson (Stankoven) – 45. Heimosalmi (Viro, Mäenpää), 51. Kemell (Niemelä, Liukas). Referees: Fernandez (USA), Holm (Sweden) – Hofer (Germany), Huseby (Can.). Exclusion: 1:7. No use. Spectators: 13,327.

Canada: Garand – Zellweger, Sebrango, Cormier, Del Mastro, Seeley, J. Thompson, O’Rourke – J. Roy, McTavish, Dufour – Foerster, Stankoven, K. Johnson – Bedard, Gaucher, Cuylle – Othmann, Ostapchuk, Desnoyers . Coach: Dave Cameron.

Finland: Jatkola – Rafkin, Niemelä, Estonia, Heimosalmi, Jurmo, Puutio – Hirvonen, Aatu Räty, Kemell – Järventie, J. Määttä, Simontaival – Väisänen, O. Kapanen, Liukas – J. Mäenpää, Helenius, Karvinen. Coach: Antti Pennenen.

Final ranking: 1. Canada, 2. Finland, 3. Sweden, 4. Czechia5. USA, 6. Germany, 7. Latvia, 8. Switzerland, 9. Slovakia, 10. Austria.

Individual awards:

The best players (according to the tournament directorate):

Goalkeeper: Jesper Wallstedt (Sweden),

defender: Kasper Puutio (Finland),

forward: Mason McTavish (Canada).

All Star team (according to accredited journalists): Jesper Wallstedt (Sweden) – Olen Zellweger (Canada), Emil Andrae (Sweden) – Mason McTavish (Canada), Joakim Kemell (Finland), Jan Mysák (Czech Republic).

Most Valuable Player: Mason McTavish (Kanada).


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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