The world championship is on the line on Sunday as Canada and Finland prepare to battle for gold at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
For the casual fan, you would think Canada and Finland would be the favorites to fight for the gold medal. However, for Canadians it was not that simple. The team started 0-3 in group action, including an embarrassing loss to the United States, when the Americans beat Canada 5-1. However, following their loss to Germany, Canada turned the tables by winning three straight games and hopefully reached the quarter-finals. After beating Russia in overtime, Canada avenged its preliminary round loss to Team USA, winning 2-1 in the semifinals and entering the championship game for the fourteenth time.
The Ends had a slightly easier path to the final. They were second in Group B 6-0-1, with two of their overtime wins. This included a 3-2 shootout victory over Canada, which put the Canadians on the brink of elimination. Finland survived the medal round, defending the Czech Republic with a 1-0 victory, before beating the Cinderella Germans 2-1 to reach their twelfth final.
Canada is 7-6 in gold medal games, while Finland is just 3-8. The two countries have met three times in the Championship game, with Finland winning the final title match in 2019, with Canada winning gold against the Fins in 2016 and 1994.
What: IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game
Who: Canada vs Finland
When: Sunday June 6
Time: 1:15 p.m. ET
Where: Arena Riga (Riga, Latvia)
Channel: NHL Network