FARGO, N.D. - With Canada leading 4-1 late in the second period and seemingly in complete control, Finland pounced on a defensive miscue and kept the momentum going in the third en route to a 5-4 bronze-medal shootout win at the world under-18 hockey championship.
Toni Rajala scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner Finland.
John McFarland of the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves and Ryan O'Reilly of the OHL's Erie Otters both failed to score in the shootout against netminder Joni Ortio.
Canada led 4-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the second period when Dylan Olsen of the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Camrose Kodiaks coughed up the puck in front of his own net.
Rajala pounced on the loose puck and buried it behind Canadian goalie Michael Zador of the OHL's Oshawa Generals.
"I thought we had the game under control up to that point in the offensive zone," Canadian head coach Mike Johnston said.
"In the third it looked like they had more energy than we had and we started taking some bad penalties."
Joni Karjalainen brought Finland to within one 4:35 of the third period, beating Zador on the power play.
Rajala scored his second of the night to tie the game 4-4 with just over 12 minutes to go in the third period. Finland outshot Canada 57 to 33 on the night.
Olsen, Zack Kassian of the OHL's Peterborough Petes, Landon Ferraro of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels and Peter Holland of the OHL's Guelph Storm scored for Canada in regulation.
Janne Kumpulainen had Finland's other goal.
After a scoreless overtime period, Rajala beat Zador to give Finland a 1-0 lead in the shootout.
McFarland lost control of the puck on his attempt before Teemu Pulkkinen beat Zador five-hole to put the Finns up 2-0.
Needing to score to keep the shootout going O'Reilly was stopped by Ortio.
"We were practising (the shootout) several times but they won the coin toss and shot first and scored," said Johnston. "That puts the other team back on their heels."
Following the disappointment of losing to the U.S in the semifinal, Johnston said he thought his team was ready to compete for the bronze.
"We had two days and day to regroup and I thought they were ready to play today's game," said Johnston.