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by Monica McAlister on 01/05/14 at 03:59 PM ET
added 5:48pm, Video highlights added to the very bottom of the post...
Sweden had been hoping for this moment since they were awarded the games four years ago and now here it was: The host country was in the gold medal game.
Tre Kroner would be facing off against rivals Leijonat from neighboring Finland.
Swedes and Finns get along as well as probably Canadians and Americans; history has seen many battles between the two and the feud lives in sport.
Twenty-eight seconds into the game Finland would open the scoring in the gold medal game.
Both Sweden and Finland would run into some penalty problems in the first; but neither team would capitalize on their man advantage and it would remain a one goal game heading into the second.
Sweden makes such intelligent plays on offense, it's hard to believe they haven't put one past Saros yet.— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) January 5, 2014
A big collision nearly midway through the second would see Sweden’s Sebastian Collberg get an elbow from Finland’s Mikko Vainonen with no penalty on the play.
Shortly after a penalty would be called on Finland and lead to a power play goal for Sweden to tie the game with 12:07 left in the second. The power play goal would be the third goal of the tournament for Lucas Wallmark (undrafted).
Wish the home crowd cheering for the tie game it would be Saku Maenalanen from Teuvo Tervainen with the go ahead goal for Finland after it had gone to review.
Both teams would have to kill off penalties as the time ticked off the clock to end the second; Sweden would once again trail Finland after another twenty minutes of play.
Saros at 25 saves after two periods. #2014WJC— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) January 5, 2014
Finland just 20 minutes away from its third World Junior Hockey Championship & first since 1998— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 5, 2014
Up 2-1 to start the third Finland would have to play cautious to not give up their one-goal lead to Sweden.
Finland would be called for three penalties before Christian Djoos to tie the game for Sweden nearing the midway point in the final period on the power play.
After Djoos goal both teams would crank up their intensity; however, neither team would net their gold medal winning goal in regulation.
Both Sweden and Finland would come out swinging in overtime. With the next goal being the difference between gold and silver it would be a heated battle between the two neighboring rivals.
It would be Rasmus Ristolanien with a in close shot in past Oscar Dansk to give the Finns their first WJC gold medal since 1998.
Wow what a Finnish...........— Marc Methot (@MarcMethot3) January 5, 2014
2014 WJHC all-star team: Juuse Saros, Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Anthony Mantha, Teuvo Teräväinen, Filip Forsberg (media voting)— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 5, 2014
Loistavaa Suomi! #proudtobeafinn— Jarmo Kekalainen (@jkekalainen) January 5, 2014
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