World Championships: Finland falls to USA in overtime defeat

This was the first loss for the Lions at this year's World Championships in Slovakia.

Finland's Sakari Manninen celebrates after Harri Pesonen (not shown) scores against USA in Kosice, May 13th 2019 / Credit: Matt Zambonin, IIHF

Finland has lost its a game for the first time at the ice hockey World Championships in Slovakia.

The Lions went down 3-2 against the USA in a game that went to overtime to find a winner.

The Americans had the best start to the match, getting two goals before the end of the first period, with Finland pulling one back in the final minute of play with a goal from Harri Pesonen.

The second half of the second period saw a flurry of activity at the net with America getting one more goal and Finland equalising, courtesy of Nika Ojamäki.

That meant overtime, and it took the Americans less than four minutes to win the game with one more goal.

“We didn’t play our best today” Finnish forward Jere Sallinen told reporters after the match.

“It was tough. USA played very well and we have to be better. They didn’t do anything that surprised us, but they have a lot of skill” he added.

Finland now have a couple of days off to recover and re-group, before taking on Denmark on Thursday.