Finland routed by Canada at ice hockey World Championships

Former President Tarja Halonen was in the audience to cheer the team, but even a presidential super fan couldn't affect the score line after 60 minutes.

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Finnish goalkeeper Noora Raty #41 makes a save against Canada at Metro Areena Espoo, 9th April 2019 / Credit: Andre Ringuette, HHOF-IIHF

The Finnish women’s ice hockey team was routed 6-1 by an impressive Canadian side in their last group stage game of the World Championships taking place in Espoo.

In the last 24 times these two teams have met in World Championship play, the Canadians won 23 encounters – including the silver medal game at the 2017 championships.

The sole consolation goal for the Lionesses on Tuesday evening came from Ella Viitasuo, skating on the same ice where she plays her club hockey for Espoo Blues.

Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen was in the audience at Metro Areena to cheer the Finnish side on, but it wasn’t their night. They now end the round robin stage of this tournament with two wins – against Russia and Switzerland; and two losses – against USA and Canada.

The next match is a quarter final berth against the Czech team, on Thursday evening at 19:30.

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