Young Lions crush Switzerland on the way to ice hockey world finals

Finnish u20 team are hunting for their 5th Junior World Championships... but so is team USA.

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Finnish u20 players celebrate semi final win against Switzerland / Credit: @Leijonat Twitter

Finland’s under-20 ice hockey team crushed Switzerland in the semi finals of the World Junior Championships in Canada.

In the early hours of Saturday morning the Young Lions put the puck in the back of the net as regularly as a precision Swiss watch, for a final score of 6-1 to the Finns.

Two goals came from captain Aarne Talvitie, with the other goals coming from Aleksi HeponiemiRasmus Kupari, Jesse Ylonen and Henri Jokiharju.

“It was a good game for us, we got a couple of good goals at the beginning so it gave us some room to breath for sure” Talvitie told IIHF media.

In the quarter finals Switzerland had sent Sweden, one of the tournament favourites, packing, but they were overwhelmed by a Finnish blitz offense.

“We knew that they were going to go hard at us so we wanted to answer that and come hard and get the goals on the board straight away, and we achieved that” said Talvitie.

The Finns now face the USA in the finals on Sunday, and both teams are looking for their fifth u20 World Championship win. For many players it will be a rematch of the under-18 World Championship final from two years ago where Finland emerged the winners.

“A lot of guys, when you think about two years ago, under 18 World Junior Championships, we were against the USA in the finals, so it’s going to be a good rematch for a lot of the guys in the locker room from that time” Talvitie said after the win.

The final between Finland and USA begins at 03:00 Finnish time on Sunday morning.