Finland advances to IIHF World Championship finals


Finland beat the Czech Republic 3-0 Saturday to advance to the gold medal game against Russia in the IIHF World Championship.

Earlier in the day, Russia beat Sweden to advance.

Finland has had a rocky road thus far in the championship. Struggling in the group stage, the team lost three games before battling Canada in the semi-finals. In a 3-2 loss, Finland took the win. With a goal in each period, the shutout to the Czech Republic was an incredible game for the advance.

Jori Lehtera made the first goal with a backhander during the first period. In the second, Jarkko Immonen scored number two during a power play. Lehtera took the third of the game and his second of the night on an empty net, solidifying the win.

Battling Russia who won all nine games at the tournament will be a difficult feat.

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