Historic win for Finland

Historic win for Finland

02 Apr 2017 | Fredrik Pålsson

Finnish women the first ever team besides USA to beat Canada at a World Championship or Olympic tournament.


Until today Canada had never lost to another team than USA at a championship tournament but Ronja Savolainen created a bit of hockey history when she score the game winning goal for Finland with only 1:41 left to play of the game at the 2017 Women's World Championship played in Plymouth, USA.

"When I got the puck, I just thought I had to shoot," Savolainen said to iihf.com. "There were a lot of players in front of their goalie, and when it went in, it was like 'yes!' We felt good before the game. We knew we could win".

The result was even more surprising considering Finland lost their first game to Russia, 1-2. But even if Canada outshot Finland 38-26 the 4-3 was actually the fourth time Finland took the lead, Canada managed to tie it three times but not the fourth time.

Canada are now pointless after two games while USA have two straight wins. The most likely results in the last round would be Canada beating Russia and USA winning against Finland which would lead three teams tied at three points for the second semi final place.

The format of the tournament is the same as in the last couple of years. The four top seeded teams play in group A where the two best team qualify for the semi finals. Team three and four play the two best teams from group B in the quarter finals.

In group B Germany are qualified for the quarter finals after beating both Sweden and Czech Republic. Sweden managed to bounce back after a some what surprising loss to Germany and won 2-1 over Switzerland. If Sweden beats the Czechs in the last round robin game Sweden will join Germany in the quarter finals.

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