Medals will probably be handed out as we speak, and the primary recreation 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 loads on the road — the winner takes house some {hardware} whereas the loser leaves World Juniors bubble hockey empty-handed.

“It is gonna be powerful for certain however, after all, they are going to. It is our final recreation, so I hope that we carry 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 soar in opposition to Canada and was left goose-egged 5-0.

However do not count on these two groups to not carry their A video games Tuesday evening. Anton Lundell continues to be a driving power for Finland’s offense — his strain led to the tying purpose — 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 pleased with this group,” Kasper Puutio mentioned after the loss. “Nonetheless undoubtedly going to be giving one of the best we now have 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 stored shedding his stick for a lot of the primary interval that led to at the very least two targets by the Canadians.

Sporting Information has all of the motion as Finland and Russia battle for bronze.

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

Third interval

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 recreation. 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 cross 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 purpose publish in between.

6:37 p.m. — GOAL. Anton Lundell deflects the Topi Niemela level shot off a powerful Finland forecheck to tie issues up. That is Lundell’s fifth purpose of the tourney and Niemela’s sixth helper. Ville Heinola’s sturdy work alongside the boards helped result in that purpose too. Sport 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 facility play. (They’d 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 recreation as time went on. Bear in mind: by no means depend the Finns out.

6:09 p.m. — Finland inching nearer as they hit the purpose publish.

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

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

6:02 p.m. — Now it is Askarov with the large 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 purpose 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 recreation.

5:46 p.m. GOAL. Russia retains the puck in. Maxim Groshev with a reasonably simple 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 purpose however Russia is outshooting the Finns 3-0.

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

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


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

4:41 p.m — Traces.

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