Monday January 18, 2021

Finns lose narrowly to USA in semis

Published : 05 Jan 2021, 08:26

Updated : 06 Jan 2021, 03:25

  DF Report

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Finland lost to the U.S. in their semi-final match of the 2021 ice hockey World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Canada.

In a hard-fought semi-final, Arthur Kaliyev scored the winner with 1:16 left as the U.S. defeated Finland 4-3 on Monday to advance to the 2021 World Junior gold medal game against host Canada, reported IIHF in a bulletin.

Kaliyev, set up by Alex Turcotte, fired a laser over Finnish goalie Kari Piiroinen's glove to give coach Nate Leaman's team the victory.

The Finns rallied from a two-goal second period deficit to make it 3-3 in the third, but couldn't pull off another sensational comeback like their 3-2 quarter-final win over Sweden. Finland will face Russia for the bronze medal.