Finland preps for ice hockey quarter finals against Sweden

There's a day of rest before a high pressure quarter finals game against Sweden on Thursday.

Harri Pesonen (L) celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against Germany at ice hockey World Championships, Kosice, 21st May 2019 / Credit: Matt Zambonin, IIHF

The Finnish men’s national team has a day off at the ice hockey World Championships on Wednesday as they prepare for a quarter final game against Sweden.

On Tuesday, the Lions fell 4-2 to Germany, which denied them the chance to finish top of group A, and have an easier path through to the semis.

Instead the Finns face old rivals Sweden on Thursday in Kosice, the city that has been their base so far during this tournament. If they beat Sweden, they’ll face either Czech Republic or Germany again in the semi finals.

“I think we are developing” Finland’s Sakari Manninen told reporters after the match.

“I think we’re on the right track, but Germany was that much better than us […] we have to respect that result, put it behind us and move on to the next game” he added.

The Lions’ two goals against Germany came from the sticks of Harri Pesonen and Juhani Tyrvainen.