Ice Hockey WC

Finland lose to USA in overtime goal

14 May 2019, 01:47

  DF-Xinhua Report

Kaapo Kakko (2nd L) of Finland shoots past Cory Schneider (1st R), goalie of the United States, during their 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group A game at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, on May 13, 2019. Photo Xinhua.

Finland lost first points at hockey worlds after USA's Dylan Larkin scored the deciding overtime goal of their Group A clash on Monday to put the game away at 3-2.

   Finland had to bounce back after a terrible start into the game. USA's Brady Skjei launched a missile from the blue line in the first minute and Johnny Gaudreau extended the lead 10 minutes later with a backhander from an almost impossible angle from behind the goal line that bounced off Veini Vehvilainen's shoulder into the net, 2-0.

   Hari Pesonen started Finland's comeback a minute before the first buzzer and Niko Ojamaki answered his call before the second to tie the game at 2-2.

   After a goalless third, the even duel continued with a 3-on-3 overtime that saw Dylan Larkin's effort decide the game for the United States.

   Team USA will continue their championship journey on Wednesday against the still pointless Great Britain, and Finland will face off against Denmark on Thursday.