Finland’s under-18 women’s hockey team have scooped their first World Championship medal since 2011, with a bronze in Japan.
They comfortably beat Russia 3-0 to claim the third place spot.
Goaltender Erica Jaskari was one of the stars of the match, stopping 25 shots from Russian players who just couldn’t beat her.
“We always believed we could win a medal. This was what we wanted, and this is what we worked for. We supported each other and played as a team” said Viivi Vainikka, who scored one of the goals in the bronze medal game.
Finland’s last medal at this level came back in 2011 with another bronze. Since then they’ve not made it to the podium, finishing in 5th or 6th place.
Ice hockey action moves to Finland in April, when the Women’s World Championship takes place at Metro Arena in Espoo. Ten teams will start off in two pools. Finland is currently ranked 3rd in the world and will be hoping to bring home gold on home ice.