The Finns did not get the medal they wanted, but they erased the painful semi – final loss to the Americans from their minds when they left the bubble with bronze.
The Scandinavian army won the eighth bronze medal in its history, the first since 2006, winning 4 to 1 ahead of Russia last night.
For the first time since 2018, Russians have been excluded from the podium.
It was a mild alm for the Finns, who saw the Americans score just one minute before the junior team advanced to the grand final against Canada. Despite this blow, they did not intend to leave Edmonton empty-handed.
“It simply came to our notice then [lundi], Commented head coach Auntie Pennanen after the victory over the Russians. We had a good game against the United States. As for Bronze, we have a plan and it is giving all of us for our final game and watching how things are going, so I am very proud. “
A team that works hard
The Finns showed character in each of their three outings in the playoff round, including a semi-final defeat by two goals before returning to the top of the hill.
In the quarterfinals, they closed the 0-2 gap before winning over Sweden, yesterday, the Russians took the lead in the first period before entering the Finns.
Captain Anton Lundell praised the fighting prowess of his teammates when they were against the wall in this tournament.
“We trusted our game plan,” 12 saidE Total selection from last draft. We have a strong team and we all trust each other. In addition, we believe that by working hard, good things will happen and this will enable us to achieve important goals. ”
The Florida Panthers maintained a Prospect +7 rating and finished yesterday with a six-goal record, including two assists and four assists. His coach was full of praise for him.
“What a leader, what a player! Pennanen, who was responsible for the selection for the first time, was launched. I respect him so much. He blocked the shots, he could play. In fact, he can do anything on ice. I have faith that he will become a very great player. “
In the Russian camp, the faces are long, but coach Igor Larionov is trying to see that the glass behind the closed doors at the end of this particular party is half full. The last world title for the Russians was 2011.
“Being in the bubble for so long is a new experience and it has allowed us to earn bonding and friendship as a group,” said the former Detroit Red Wings star.
“Second, it’s a great experience and we have seven players, they can come back next year, so we can build around them. Hockey is a game where the margin of error is thin. […]. Even if we don’t win a medal, you should take positive things from such an experience and I am proud of my players. ”