The Finnish Lions have won their first World Cup of Hockey in the Czech Republic. A good second period in the tournament paved the way for a big win against Great Britain.

Finland lost their opening match against the Czech Republic on penalties after scoring nil goals. But for Sunday's meeting with Great Britain, the goals came. Timra's new acquisition Oliver Kapanen gave Finland the lead 16 minutes into the first period. Early in the second period, Jesse Puljujärvi made it 2-0, and Fruilunda forward Jer Innala extended it to 3-0 for the Finnish Lions five minutes later.

It was pure in the interim, with Finland and Jesse Puljujarvi mentioned as a contributor, as was Dimra's new forward Oliver Kapanen. Finland completely dominated the first period, the second period and the third period. Capan's hat-trick stood out, along with Puljujarvi's goal plus two assists. For his part, captain Mikael Granlund made four goal-scoring passes, as did former Oskersham forward Ahti Oksanen. In total, there were five Finnish goals in the middle period.

Finland looked good and sharp in attack, where Växjö goalkeeper Emil Larmi kept a clean sheet after 14 saves. The game ended 8-0 to Finland with one win and one penalty loss in two matches. The next match for Finland starts tomorrow (Sunday 13 May) against Norway at 16:20.

Updated on May 12, 2024