Hockey fans can watch the Team Canada vs. Finland game live online and see which team takes home the IIHF World Championship title.
The teams are meeting in a rematch of the 2007 finals, when Canada and Finland met in Moscow in the gold medal game. They will face off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be available through livestreaming video for those watching online (a link to the video can be found below).
Canada advanced to the IIHF gold medal game after a scrappy performance against Team USA. After Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the American team stormed back with three unanswered goals to take the lead. But Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, unleashing a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle to beat American netminder Keith Kinkaid.
“His hockey sense is at an elite level and that was a bomb,” Canadian coach Bill Peters said, via the CBC. “That’s a world-class shot.”
Canadian goaltender Cam Talbot did the rest, holding off a late surge by Team USA and stopping all 11 shots he faced in the third period. He made 30 saves in all, but said it was his teammates who did the real work, holding off a charging American team in the final minute with an extra attacker on the ice.
“There’s always going to be pressure when there’s a faceoff in your end 42 seconds left,” Talbot said. “I knew that we were going to do everything that we could to lay down and not let anything get to the net and that’s exactly what we did. We did a great job of keeping them to the outside and blocking shots when they took them.”
Fans who watch the Team Canada vs. Finland hockey game live online will also see a Finnish team that cruised to the final on the strength of a 3-1 win over Russia.
The team teams faced off in the preliminary round, with Finland defeating Canada 4-0 to hand the Canadians their only loss of the tournament. The Canadian team has been itching for a rematch ever since.
“We wanted them [in the final],” Canadian forward Matt Duchene said, via the CBC. “We have some unfinished business with them so it’s going be a tough game. If we beat them it’s going to be very sweet.”
Duchene said his team nearly missed out on the chance for the gold medal game. He said Team Canada made some mistakes that almost cost them the game, but in the end they were able to outlast the United States.
The Canadian players also know they will need to avoid the mistakes in the first loss to Finland when the teams meet again in Sunday’s gold medal game.
“Last time we turned the puck over a lot,” noted captain Corey Perry, via the IIHF official website. “They sit back; they like to play that trap game and live on turnovers, and good luck to them. But if we clean that area up, we’ll be okay. It’s a matter of going out and playing the right way. It’s not about revenge; it’s about winning a gold medal. Simple as that. They’re a great hockey team, and they’ve earned that. We’ll be ready. We’ll do our due diligence.
There will be plenty of storylines for Sunday’s IIHF World Championship gold medal game. The Canadian team is looking to repeat its title from last year, while Finland is looking to become the first country to win the gold medal in the U18, U20, and World Championship all in one season.
Fans who want to watch Team Canada vs. Finland live online can click here for streaming video of the IIHF World Championship gold medal game.
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