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Sweden beats Finland in first game after lost WFC final

Photo: Salibandy.fi

At the WFC final in 2018, 55 days ago, Finland beat Sweden and won gold for the second time in a row. Today, the teams met again in a friendly match.

Halfway the first period, Gustav Fritzell opened the score. The replacement of Alexander Galante Carlström was assisted by Simon Berg. At the end of this period, three seconds before the break, Justus Kainulainen received a 2-min penalty. With one second left, Sweden utilized this 5-vs-4 situation and doubled its lead, right before the first period was over. It was Emil Johansson who scored, assisted by Johan Samuelsson.

At the beginning of the second period, Joonas Pylsy decreased the gap to 1-2 when he found the net. Sweden didn’t panic and used the final minutes of the period to further increase its lead. First, it was Otto Weidman who scored his first national team goal (1-3), followed by the 1-4 from Kasper Hedlund.

In the final period, Finland had to score at least three times to get a result out of this game. Their start was promising, as halfway this period, the team scored twice. Pylsy scored his second goal, followed by a goal from Kainulainen (3-4). The 2.383 spectators didn’t get to see the complete comeback, the the next (and last) goal was made by the Swedes again: 3-5 through Johan Samuelsson.

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