Victoryyy! Not even the foulest of tricks and Z-class acting could save Russia from the teeth of the Lions, as Finland beat the Russian team 3-1 at the Ice Hockey World Championship semi-final match at the Ice Palace in Moscow on Saturday evening.
Russia’s superstar Sergei Shirokov was quick to slam in a goal in the first period and while the red team continued shooting several slap shots against the Finnish goalie Mikko Koskinen, none went in.
In the second period, during a power play the eighteen-year-old Sebastian Aho scored the game even. Jussi Jokinen shot in the second goal and Aho finished the period by scoring another one on another power play.
In the third, the Russian team started getting heated and so did the full bar of sports fans at the Sports Academy in Helsinki center, who were swilling beer and watching the game on the big screens.
A simple shout “Hyvä Suomi!” was enough to raise loud cheers and mad clapping . . . each successful defence of goalkeeper Koskinen made the crowd stand and drink a long sip of whatever they hand in hand.
Russians kept pushing, but had serious trouble of getting in another shot.
Late in the period the Russian player, Ivan Telegin, fell on the ice and seemed to suffer a severe knee injury. The game was paused.
But the replay blew his cover. Telegin went on his knees, crawled a good three metres and fell flat on his face. The whole bar booed and whistled and shouted profanities against Russians.
Soon after, the game was over and the crowd climbed on the tables, waving the Finnish flags.
“See you at the square!” many shouted, predicting a national gold medal party.
But first Finland needs to beat Canada in the final game, which will be played on Sunday evening at 20:45.