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Jost, Zadorov Pick Up Medals at 2019 World Championship

Finland Wins Gold

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Gold Medal Game: Finland (3) vs. Canada (1)

Finland's impressive run at the 2019 IIHF World Championship concluded with a gold medal.

The Finns scored three unanswered goals to defeat Team Canada 3-1 on Sunday in the final at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

It is Finland's third-ever gold at the Worlds and first since 2011 when it also won in Slovakia. The country's first World Championship title was in 1995 in Sweden.

Canada's Shea Theodore (Vegas Golden Knights) opened the game's scoring at 10:02 of the first period, but it ended up being the only marker of the contest for the country.

Marko Anttila tied the outing early in the second period and then found the back of the cage again to give Finland the lead 2:25 into the third frame. Harri Pesonen scored with 4:06 remaining to add insurance to the Finns' title hopes.

Canada doubled Finland's shot total in the outing, holding a 44-22 edge, but goalie Kevin Lankinen stopped every puck he faced in the final 49-plus minutes.

Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost of Team Canada finished his second career World Championship with two assists in eight games and picked up his first medal at the senior level. He was the squad's 13th forward in the championship game.

The silver medal for Canada marks the country's fourth podium in the last five years. Prior to its current run that started in 2015, the Canadians hadn't medaled in five consecutive tournaments (2010-2014).


Bronze Medal Game: Russia (3) vs. Czech Republic (2) - Shootout

Russia survived an offensive onslaught by the Czech Republic to win the bronze medal.

Team Russia won 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, for its 11th World Championship medal in the last 15 years.

Czech Republic outshot Russia 50-31 in the contest but was unable to find the back of the net in the third period, the 20-minute overtime and shootout. Russia's Nikita Gusev (Vegas Golden Knights) and Ilya Kovalchuk (Los Angeles Kings) were the only two players to score in the best-of-five shootout.

Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov saw 16:28 of ice time in the third-place game for Russia. He had one assist in nine games at his first World Championship.

Avalanche goaltender prospect Pavel Francouz did not play in the contest. He appeared in three outings in the tournament, registering a 0.77 goals-against average and .957 save percentage while posting shutouts in each of his two starts. Francouz, who signed a one-year contract with the Avs on Friday, was at his sixth World Championship.

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