After an thrilling gold medal recreation that noticed Finland and Canada battle into time beyond regulation, Team Finland was in a position to draw back with the 4-3 win on dwelling ice at this 12 months’s IIHF World Championship. Forward Sakari Manninen scored the golden purpose on the powerplay within the first time beyond regulation interval. Finland’s victory was not with out drama, nevertheless, as a number of officiating choices had been referred to as into query, chief amongst them was an obvious phantom high-sticking penalty on Team Canada’s Cole Sillinger within the third interval. After the decision on Sillinger, Finland was placed on a 5-on-3 powerplay, the place they might rating twice, taking a 3-1 lead. Canada would come again nevertheless, tying the sport at three and forcing time beyond regulation.
Goaltender Jussi Olkinuora of Finland was named the match’s MVP following the sport. The whole Tournament All-Star workforce, as chosen by the media, consists of: Olkinuora (G, FIN), Seth Jones (D, USA), Mikko Lehtonen (D, FIN), Pierre-Luc Dubois (F, CAN), Roman Cervenka (F, CZE), and Manninen (F, FIN).
Also medaling was the Czech Republic, who took bronze, defeating the United States earlier Sunday 8-4, highlighted by a David Pastrnak hat trick. Leading the way in which for Czechia, and your complete match, was Cervenka, who’s 17 factors lead your complete match.
Several high-profile prospects within the 2022 NHL Entry Draft additionally represented their nations within the match, most notably Austria’s Marco Kasper, Czechia’s David Jiricek, and a haul of prospect expertise from Slovakia, together with Simon Nemec, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Adam Sykora. Perhaps probably the most standout amongst them was Slafkovsky, a projected high decide within the draft, who continued his Olympic dominance into the IIHF match, the place he posted 9 factors over eight video games, a formidable mark for an 18-year-old enjoying amongst males, a lot of whom are NHL veterans.
Another milestone was notched with Finland securing gold, as Valtteri Filppula turned the primary Finnish participant to hitch the triple-gold membership, together with a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, and an IIHF World Championship gold medal.