Canada Beats Finland To Hockey World Gold
Canada’s national men’s hockey team on Sunday secured their 27th world title when they pipped Finland to the post in a 3-2 victory to capture the gold at this year’s Hockey World Championship final in Riga, Latvia.
Scoring huge for Canada had been Connor Brown and Ottawa teammate Nick Paul, with Paul scoring in overtime from an assist from Brown while helping the Canadians to an incredible turnaround in this year’s competition. Also scoring for the Canadians had been Adam Henrique and Maxime Comtoise.
While the Canadians started off the final run at 0-3, Paul said the team had managed to truly come together as a group on their way to final successful push for the gold. And while the end-result was much closer than the team would have wanted, Paul said hard work and commitment had paid off for the team in the end.
Brown had assisted on all three goals for Canada during the final, while Petteri Lindbohm and Mikael Ruohomaa were the ones to score for Finland.
Named player of the tournament was Canada’s Andrew Mangiapane. His arrival halfway through the preliminary round had provided the unmistaken spark for his side. He finished his world title run with seven goals and four assists across seven games played.
Adam Henrique commented on Mangiapane’s incredible game-changing performance after Sunday’s victory, saying that he (Mangiapane) had added the right sort of element at the perfect time for catapulting Canada to their third world title since 2015. Mangiapane brought with him a factor of team chemistry which seemed to just “click” on the ice, said a jubilant Henrique.
Revenge Was Sweet For Canada
Sunday’s win was without a doubt something of sweet revenge for the Canadians, with Canada denying Finland a back-to-back world title, which would have been the country’s first. Finland in 2019 beat Canada 3-1 in the world championship final of that year.
Finland’s 3-2 victory over the Canadians in a shoot-out on the last day of the preliminary round also very nearly kicked Canada out of contention for a medal.
Canada head coach Gerard Gallant said following Sunday’s final that winning felt great, especially after the hole the Canadians had been in early on in the tournament. He said winning came down the team playing better and better as the tournament wore on.
Gallant also commended Finland on having been a strong defending champion, which he said had made for a great game and push in the final.