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Finland remains the U19 world champions as they defeated Sweden with 7-4.
The final in the U19 WFC 2017 in Växjö was going to be a classic one. The host nation Sweden got to face the champion from the last tournament, Finland. The Finish team started of the game best and won the first period convincingly with three goals against none. It should be mentioned that Justus Kainulainen showed his magnificent skills by scoring a beauty between his legs for Finland.
The Swedish team wasn’t giving up the final and started getting back in the game in the second period when Kasper Broby scored one in the top right corner to reduce Finland’s lead. Sweden ended up winning the second period by 3-2 and went to the second rest with the score 5-3 in favour of the Finish team.
Finland kept the distance from Sweden throughout the game and when Justus Kainulainen scored the 7-4 goal in the empty net the game was settled, Finland remains the U19 World floorball champions for another two years.
– We were focused in the game and I think we handled the game all the way, said man of the match Justus Kainulainen after the game.
Kasper Broby wasn’t pleased with the result after the game:
– No, we didn’t win the gold, he said when asked if he was happy with the tournament.
Players of the match
Finland: Justus Kainulainen
Sweden: Kasper Broby
#95 Pontus Zarins, SWE
#17 Ondrej Nemecek, CZE
#3 Antti Suomela, FIN
#14 Simon Laubscher, SWI
#10 Heikki Iiskola, FIN
#13 Joona Rantala, FIN
Czech Republic fought the hardest to win the bronze medal as they defeated Switzerland with 8-5.
It would be a close game between Switzerland and Czech Republic as both team were eager to win the bronze medal. The Czech team gave themselves the lead after only 17 seconds in the first period. Both teams played their very best as Switzerland controlled the ball and Czech Republic worked hard and well in the defensive area. Nothing could separate the teams in the first period as the teams managed to score three goals each.
The second period would be in favour of the Czech team as Jakub Kolisko and Milan Melis gave their team an two goals lead, making the score 5-3 Czech Republic in the lead as the third period began. The Czech team wasn’t finished with their scoring as they scored two more in the beginning of the third period, making the score 7-3 and from here on it seemed like nothing could stop the Czech team from winning the bronze medal. Switzerland gave everything they had but Czech Republic stood strong and won the game with the score 8-5.
Players of the match
Switzerland: Simon Laubscher
Czech Republic: Josef Juha