Finland secured a place in the semifinals of the IIHF Junior World Championship 2021 with a 3-2 win over Scandinavian rivals Sweden on Saturday, the quarter-finals Roni Hirvonen’s all-round goal with 233 seconds left in regulation gave his country the final victory

“I think we had a good last minute pressure and just before that we had a chance,” said the Maple Leafs prospect. “I just kept that pressure and a good mess on the net and it went in and stuff was it great “

He later added, “It’s just an amazing feeling to get a goal like this I think it was the biggest goal I’ve ever scored”

At the end of the opening frame Finland were 2-0 behind and underwent overwork. They seemed to be coming out of the Edmonton bubble Swedes Lucas Raymond and Elmer Soderblom potted the markers The latter hit again between the legs

Jets prospect Henri Nikkanen scored in the second game for Finland, and another goal was not allowed when his future NHL teammate Ville Heinola scored a smooth offside shot on the blue line Anton Lundell scored a tight power play goal at just under nine Minutes ahead of third place, followed by Hirvonen’s drama at the end

“I think it was a difficult first for us but we definitely stayed as a team for the next two periods,” said Brad Lambert. “We scored the first goal there, which was huge and on the bench for excitement Then we scored the other goal, but it wasn’t allowed, but I think we still had good momentum and a lot of energy We just kept going and stuck together and it was an incredible feeling to win this “

It’s always great for Finland to beat the Swedes, especially in 2021 they lost in the bronze medal match at last year’s World Juniors against their neighbors

Hirvonen’s goal was his first of the tournament and his fifth point He was in the second round of the 2020 draft (59 Overall rank) selected by the Leafs and had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 21 games with Assat in Liiga before the WJC

Roni Hirvonen, kari piiroinen

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