Finland managed to cause an upset and defeat the hosts Sweden 3 – 2 in the final of the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The winning goal came in overtime from Buffalo Sabres defense-man Rasmus Ristolainen and meant that Sweden became the fifth country in six years to win the championship trophy.Earlier in the day Russia had defeated Canada 2 – 1 to claim bronze and prevent them from winning a medal. Russia scored two goals in the first period while Josh Morrissey scored for Canada in the third. It means that for the first time in 33 years Canada has failed to win a medal in back-to-back tournaments.
After the game Canadian captain Scott Laughton said, “When you put on this crest and try to represent your country and can’t even bring a medal back to Canada to the people who’ve been cheering for you, and have 4,000 fans come down here, it’s heart-breaking.”
Canada has won the championship a record 15 times, the last time in 2009. Last year they also missed out on a medal after losing to Russia in the third-place game.