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OKBETSPORT LIVE – Switzerland, coming off a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of Canada in the semi-finals, came into the bronze medal game hoping to be more defensively stout than Finland, who had just been defeated 4-1 by the reigning champion United States.
The game began off tensely with both teams warming up, but it quickly heated up when Finland’s defender Nelli Laitinen was taken out of the game due to a high stick that went unpunished.
Tanja Niskanen, a teammate of hers, was sent off the ice for two minutes for interfering with the Swiss goaltender.
After just 36 seconds of being at full strength, Finland scored the game-winning goal.
After a quick break by Elisa Holopainen down the left side, the ball was slipped across goal into a scrum of players, which included Noora Tulus and created a lot of uncertainty for the Swiss defense. Viivi Vainikka was able to break away from the pack and fire a powerful shot on goal.
Keely Moy, frustrated after falling behind, took a cross-check from Finland’s Kenni Hiirikoski, earning a two-minute penalty and forcing her to leave the ice with less than a minute remaining in the first period.
The Swiss defense did a good job of containing Switzerland’s captain Lara Stalder, who scored twice in the semi-final match against Canada.
Switzerland’s Andrea Braendli, in goal, was not as well shielded and took 34 shots in the first two periods.
However, Switzerland had a fantastic opportunity to tie the game up at the conclusion of the second quarter despite Finland’s possession and shot advantage. Lena Marie Lutz managed to get away from her opponents and face Meeri Raisanen one-on-one, but her path to victory was obstructed.
Finland was called for an extra player early in the third period, and Sofianna Sundelin was the unlucky player to serve time in the penalty box.
Switzerland had more players on the field, but it didn’t stop Susanna Tapani’s beautiful solo goal for Finland from making it 2-0.
The 28-year-old took the ball away from Sinja Leemann, drove forward, found a corner, and slapped the puck past Braendli for a short-handed goal.
Just six minutes remained in the game, and Switzerland was down a player when Laura Zimmermann was sent off for an illegal hit on Sanni Hakala, who was knocked senseless and trapped against the rink wall.
Nelli Laitinen scored to put Finland up 3-0 on the power play, long after Katriina Holopainen had assisted for the second tally.
In the 89th minute, Michelle Karvinen scored the game-winning goal for Finland off a pass from Petra Nieminen to clinch a bronze medal for the team.
In the gold medal game, the United States and Canada square off.
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