Finnish women out of gold medal match at under-18 World Championships

The young Finnish team will now play for bronze on Sunday against either Canada or Russia.

File picture of Finnish u18 player Emilia Vesa / Credit: IIHF

Finland’s under-18 women have had their fairytale run towards the finals of the ice hockey World Championships halted by a dominant USA team.

In the semi final match, the Finns were outgunned 7-1 by the Americans.

It was the first defeat in the whole tournament for the Finnish women, who had beaten the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan and Sweden on their way to the semi final.

Their only goal of the game came late in the third period when Julia Liikala put the puck in the back of the net.

“I think we had some good moments but right now all we can do is prepare for tomorrow and trying to win a medal” captain Nelli Laitinen told reporters after the game.

The Finns will be back on the ice in Japan on Sunday morning in the bronze medal decider against either Russia or Canada.

The team is guaranteed to finish better than in the last two under-18 World Championships. They came fifth in 2017 and 2018.