Finland wins 1-0 over Sweden to secure spot in world junior gold medal game

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Canada will face Finland in the world junior hockey championship game in Edmonton on Saturday night.

Finland was the 1-0 winner over Sweden in a semifinal game on Friday night.

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Sweden and Finland battled through a scoreless first period on Friday before Finnish defenceman Kasper Puutio broke the deadlock with a power-play goal 5:18 into the second.

Finland celebrates a goal against Sweden during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship semifinal action in Edmonton on Friday August 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Swedes had a prime opportunity to equalize late in the frame when back-to-back penalties left the Finns down two men for more than 90 seconds but couldn’t get a puck past goalie Juha Jatkola.

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Jatkola stopped all 23 shots he faced across the game and Jesper Wallstedt had 27 saves for Sweden.

Sweden will face Czechia in the bronze-medal game on Saturday.

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