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Finns take bronze in world juniors

This is the seventh time Finland has finished third in the prestigious youth tournament.

The Finnish team celebrated on the ice after winning bronze. Image: Pasi Mennander/Leijonat.fi

Finland won the bronze medal in ice hockey's World Junior Championship on Tuesday, defeating Russia 4-1 in the third place play-off match.

It's the seventh time Finland has won bronze at the world juniors, and the first since 2006. They won gold in 2014, 2016 and 2019. The tournament is a high-profile event, with North American audiences in particular focusing on a first glimpse of future stars.

This time the tournament was played in the Canadian city of Edmonton without fans and with minimal preparation, in an effort to minimise risks for all participants.

"It was a unique experience for all of us," Finnish goalie Kari Piiroinen told iihf.com. "There's not going to be a tournament like this, I don't think, forever. So it's really humbling for us, and we really enjoyed it and learned a lot."

Finland had trailed 1-0 after the first period before captain Anton Lundell launched a comeback in the second period.

Mikko Petman got the second goal before both Lundell and Juuso Parssinen scored in an empty net to complete the rout after Russia pulled their goaltender in search of a comeback.