Finland stuns Sweden with late goal to reach semifinals at world juniors

Finland celebrates a win during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton. (Jason Franson/CP)

EDMONTON — Roni Hirvonen scored with 25 seconds remaining and Finland edged Sweden 3-2 in quarterfinal action Saturday at the world junior hockey championship.

Finland completed a comeback from a 2-0 first-period deficit with two goals in the game’s final 10 minutes.

Henri Nikkanen and Anton Lundell also scored for the Finns.

Lucas Raymond and Elmer Soderblom scored for Sweden.

Earlier Saturday, Russia edged Germany 2-1 to advance to the semifinals.

Saturday’s other semifinals saw host Canada face the Czech Republic and the United States meet Slovakia.

Raymond opened the scoring at 14:28 f the first period, and then set up Soderblom’s goal less than two minutes later.

Nikkanen drew Finland within one with the only goal of the second period.

Lundell took advantage of a late Swedish penalty and scored his fourth goal of the tournament to tie the game 2-2 with just under nine minutes remaining.

Hirvonen completed Finland’s comeback, tucking the puck in from behind the Swedish goal with time running out.


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