Wednesday May 22, 2024

Kapanen shines with hat-trick as Lions thrash Britain in Ice Hockey WC

Published : 12 May 2024, 23:54

  DF Report
Oliver Kapanen scored hat-trick in the match between Finland and Great Britain in the Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague on Sunday. Photo: snapshot taken from live telecast by MTV.

Finland scored first victory in the Ice Hockey World Championship 2024 beating Great Britain by eight goals to nil at Prague Arena in Czech Republic on Sunday afternoon.

A hat-trick by Oliver Kapanen helped the Finns to earn the easy and landslide victory in the match against Britain completely dominated by the Lions.

Jesse Puljujarvi, Jere Innala, Juuso Riikola, Olli Maatta and Mikko Lehtonen also scored one goal each for Finland in the match while none of the British players, who merely created few chance, was able to successfully send the puck into the Finnish net.

Although the Finns had to wait until 16 minutes to achieve success, Kapanen started the goal festival at the 17th minute in the first period.

Jesse Puljujarvi scored the second goal at the 22and minute in the second period followed by Innala at 25th minute and Riikola at the 33rd minute.

Another goal by Kapanen took 5-0 lead for Finland at the 37th minutes and Maatta widened the gap within a span of two minutes resulting end of the second period with the score of 6-0.

The Finns continued to create pressure on Britain in the third period and Lehtonen scored at the 47th minute and Kapanen sealed the 8-0 victory with his hat-trick at 53rd minute.

The three-time world champions Finland, who lost to host Czech Republic on tiebreaker in the opening match in Prague late Friday night strongly came back through the massive victory.

The Lions will face Norway in their third group match on Monday.