Finland shuts out GB in five goal game at World Champs

The big win keeps the Lions on top of Group A for now - but Germany in second place have a game in hand.

Finland's Joel Kiviranta scores against GB, 17th May 2019 at the World Championships in Kosice / Credit: IIHF

The Finnish men’s ice hockey team have shut out the Great Britain side, beating them 5-0 in the latest group match in Kosice.

While it’s a big score line, it doesn’t reflect that GB made the Lions work for the first goals, going the whole first period without putting anything in the back of the net.

But when the first goal came, the floodgates opened.

“They were well prepared for the game, and we played pretty well in the first period but we didn’t score” Finland’s coach Jukka Jalonen told reporters after the game.

“We knew if we continued that way for the second and third periods, we would score a few goals and that’s what happened. I think Great Britain played very well today. They fought hard, played well together, and made it very hard for us to score” he added.

Finland’s goals came from Toni RajalaAtte Ohtamaa, Joel KivirantaKristian Kuusela and Mikko Lehtonen.

Goalie Jussi Olkinuora made his first start for Finland and kept a clean sheet in his debut, stopping 12 shots on goal.

Finland is on top of Group A at the championships, ahead of Germany, Canada and USA. Britain is at the bottom with no wins and 31 goals against them.

The Lions have a day off on Saturday, then face Germany on Sunday and France on Monday in the last of the group stage games.