Kasperi Kapanen scored in overtime to lift Finland past Russia 4-3 to take the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinki.
Russia opened the scoring on a power play early in the first period. The remainder of that period and second were fairly quiet, but that changed with an action packed third.
Finland tied things up in the beginning of the third. Russia answered back minutes later to make it 2-1.
Captain Mikko Rantanen scored on a power play with less than three minutes left, but the Fin’s couldn’t hold on. With less than 10 second left in the game, Russia’s Andrei Svetlakov got his second of the game to make it 3-3 and force an overtime.
This game was quite similar to the gold medal game in 1998, where the Fin’s also beat the Russians on home ice in overtime.
Finland has now won two World Junior Championships in the last three years.
The United States picked up the Bronze medal defeating Sweden 8-2 Tuesday morning.
As for Canada, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Finland.
Russia will now join Canada, the US, Slovakia, and Latvia in Group play for next year’s tournament.