The 2022 World Junior Championship ended in dramatic fashion as Kent Johnson scored early in overtime to lift Canada to a 3-2 victory over Finland in the gold-medal game Saturday night in Edmonton.
After Mason McTavish whacked the puck away from the goal line in Canada’s zone, Logan Stankoven and Johnson came down the other end on a 2-on-1. With a diving Finnish defenseman at his feet, Stankoven spun and fed Johnson, whose initial toe drag attempt was saved. He put in the rebound for the win.
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Kent Johnson: OVERTIME HERO! 🇨🇦 @HockeyCanada #worldjuniors pic.twitter.com/FusvzwMyg9
Canada got on the board first with a rebound goal by Joshua Roy in the first period. William Dufour doubled the lead just 43 seconds into the second period, beating Juha Jatkola on the low blocker side with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Finland then battled back with a pair of goals in the third. Aleksi Heimosalmi scored the first one, sending a shot from the point that beat Dylan Garand high. Then, Topi Niemala fed Joakim Kemell for a one-timer to tie the game halfway through the period.
This is the 19th World Juniors gold medal for Canada and its second in three years. Finland settles for silver, its fifth in tournament history.
The Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the Canada-Finland gold-medal game at the 2022 World Juniors.
10:47 p.m. — GOAL! Kent Johnson wins it for Canada! He comes down on a 2-on-1 with Stankoven. Stankoven spins and finds Johnson, who toe drags and is at first stopped by Jatkola, but his second chance gets in. What a play, what an ending to the 2022 World Juniors.
Kent Johnson: OVERTIME HERO! 🇨🇦 @HockeyCanada #worldjuniors pic.twitter.com/FusvzwMyg9
10:46 p.m. — As expected, chaos in the overtime period. Finland had a 3-on-1 that resulted in a glove save by Garand. He dumped the puck off, but the Canadian defender was tripped. Finland got a one-timer on net from Niemala and it looked the puck was bouncing in, but McTavish somehow swiped it away.
Mason McTavish with a new Canadian Heritage Moment pic.twitter.com/xS7jPTND5Y
10:27 p.m. — We are heading to overtime. The next goal wins the gold medal, as we will have continuous 3-on-3 overtime hockey until one team scores. Finland storms back in the third to tie the game. Buckle up, folks.
10:24 p.m. — Puutio is out of the box. Make it 0 for 7 on the night for Canada’s power play.
10:21 p.m. — Puutio gets just a minor for boarding. It will be 4 on 4 for 57 seconds, then a shortened power play for Canada.
10:19 p.m. — Another penalty here, as Kasper Puutio is going to be called for boarding Zack Ostapchuk. It’s called five minutes on the ice, but they will review it. An awkward fall into the boards, but Ostapchuk didn’t even have the puck when he was shoved by Puutio.
10:17 p.m. — The power play ends early, as Zellweger is called for slashing. He was closing behind on Eetu Liukus, who had a contested breakaway. It will be 55 seconds of 4 on 4 before Finland gets on its first power play.
10:15 p.m. — Yet another penalty to the Finns, as Kapanen gets his stick in the hands of Jack Thompson. The sixth power play of the night for Canada, who has yet to get a goal on the man advantage.
10:10 p.m. — GOAL! We have ourselves a tie game as Joakim Kemell powers a one-timer into the net. What a fake by Niemala who looks shot, but ends up sliding it through the slot to Kemell. With 9:14 left, it’s a 2-2 game.
JOAKIM KEMELL TIES IT UP WITH 9 MINUTES TO GO! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/QswMJM3St4
10:01 p.m. — Oh my word, what a glove stop by Jatkola. A point shot by Johnson gets stopped, but the rebound goes right to Foerster who was cutting at the top of the crease. He tries to out-wait Jatkola with the puck, but he can’t elevate it enough and it goes right into Jatkola’s glove, who was down on his stomach.
9:58 p.m. — GOAL! Finland gets on the board, as a wrist shot by Heimosalmi gets by Garand. The chance comes right after an icing by Canada, as the puck works it’s way to the point and across to Heimosalmi. Garand was screened in front by the big body of Samuel Helenius. It’s 2-1 Canada with more than 15 minutes left.
Aleksi Heimosalmi puts Finland on the board with 15 left to play! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/7ObAbKxpYg
9:57 p.m. — Good pad stop by Garand on a rebound attempt by Hirvonen. He first stops the slap shot by Niemala, and gets a pad on the second attempt from Hirvonen.
9:53 p.m. — Make it 0 for 5 on the night for Canada’s power play. The top unit must make adjustments if it gets another chance. While the group is getting shots off, there hasn’t been a ton of dangerous scoring chances.
9:33 p.m. — Despite five power plays in the period, it’s just the Dufour goal that is scored early in the second for Canada to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Again, credit to Finland’s penalty kill for coming through and not allowing a man-advantage goal, but the penalties are killing the chance to gain momentum and create offensive opportunities. Canada will have 1:14 left on the Viro penalty to begin the final frame.
9:31 p.m. — Yet another penalty for Finland as McTavish gets slashed on a breakaway by Eemil Viro. It looked like it could have been a penalty shot, but it will just be a power play. The fifth power play of the period for Canada.
9:29 p.m. — Credit to the Finns, the team entered into the game with the worst penalty kill statistically, but they have killed all four power plays here in the second. Canada is staying committed to the umbrella with Zellweger at the top and Stankoven or Johnson/McTavish as options on the outside, but no goals on the man advantage yet.
9:25 p.m. — Yet another penalty to Finland, as Aatu Raty is called for high-sticking. He gets two for hitting Dufour right in the mouth. While Canada has yet to score on one, these penalties are killing any momentum Finland is trying to gain.
9:21 p.m. — The power play doesn’t come through, but it’s not for lack of chances. There was a scramble in front where I think it was Bedard tried to jam the puck under Jatkola, but just could not get anything by him. The top unit has had chance after chance, but it has not found twine.
9:17 p.m. — Rafkin is headed back to the box, as he’s called for closing his hand on the puck. The third power play for Canada.
9:15 p.m. — A wild sequence here. As the penalty was expiring, a shot hits the glass and bounces in front of the net. A Finn bats the puck with his glove and it goes on top of the net. A few sticks whack at ti, it pops down on the back of Jatkola’s net and goes back on the back of the net. However, Rafkin grabs at the puck on top. Officials are going to discuss and review.
9:13 p.m. — The Finns get away with a slash, as McTavish is taken out driving to the net. He tried to slide the puck under the stick of a Finland defender and get a shot, but he took quite the hack at the ankles and he crashes into Jatkola. He was not happy with the no call.
9:12 p.m. — Another penalty to Finland, as Connor Bedard draws a penalty on Oliver Kapanen for holding. Kapanen gets his loose hand around Bedard on the back check that yanks the Canadian back just enough to be called. Canada was not successful on its first man advantage opportunity.
9:09 p.m. — Like in the first, Finland has responded well after allowing a goal. A close call for Canada as a shot from the point hits the end boards and rolls to the side of the net, getting under Garand’s pads.
9:07 p.m. — A chance for Canada to make it 3-0 as Johnson gets in on a breakaway. He tries to beat Jatkola by the glove with a shot, but the Finnish goalie makes the stop.
9:04 p.m. — Nothing doing for Canada on that power play. The top unit tried to find a one-timer option a few times, and McTavish had a good look in his normal spot at the right dot, but Zellweger’s pass was too far in front and McTavish didn’t get the chance to shoot. It would have been a great opportunity as Jatkola was late to slide over.
9:02 p.m. — Canada heads to its first power play of the night as Ruben Rafkin heads off for boarding. Canada’s power play enters this game clicking at a 50% clip on the man advantage.
8:58 p.m. — GOAL! Just 41 seconds into the second period and Canada doubles its lead thanks to a William Dufour goal. Olen Zellweger dumps it off to him on the rush, he drags and beats Jatkola on the low blocker side. The Islanders prospect can really shoot it, and Finland gave him time to load up and release. Finland uses its timeout as a response.
Canada strikes again 41 seconds into the 2nd! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/9jdmMXYbud
8:39 p.m. — The first period ends with Canada up 1-0 thanks to the goal by Roy. Canada pushed the pace for the first 13 minutes or so, but after the Roy goal, Finland answered back and were the better team to end the period. Shots ended 10-9 in favor of Canada. A good, competitive period from both sides.
8:35 p.m. — Good response by Finland after the Roy goal. The team is now pushing the play up the ice and isn’t sitting back. The Finns are nearly rewarded after the forecheck results in a loos puck going to the slot where Roni Hirvonen is all alone, but it doesn’t look like his shot gets on net.
8:33 p.m. — First time all period Finland gets some sustained offensive zone pressure. After rotating the puck around the perimeter, Topi Niemala unleashes a one-timer from the point that’s turned aside by Garand.
8:29 p.m. — Another chance for Roy, as McTavish finds him cutting to the net from the wall. Roy pulls to the backhand but Jatkola makes the save.
8:28 p.m. — Over 12 minutes into the period, Finland finally gets its first shot on net. Oliver Kapanen pokes at Garand’s pads and a scrum ensues.
8:24 p.m. — GOAL! Canada gets on the board first, as Joshua Roy puts home a rebound in front. Aleksi Heimosalmi feels Roy coming in on him on the forecheck and rims the puck up the boards, but no one is there. It goes to McTavish, who takes the puck around the net, fires a shot that is stopped by Jatkola, but the rebound pops out in front and Roys knocks it in.
🚨 Joshua Roy picks up the rebound and gets @HockeyCanada on the board!#WorldJuniors 🏆 #CANFIN@CanadiensMTL pic.twitter.com/4y3UBRS0bd
8:22 p.m. — We’re closing in on the halfway point and Finland has yet to register a shot on Dylan Garand. If the team is going to win, it is going to be in a low-scoring affair, the team is willing to play a defensive style and win 2-1, 1-0 games.
8:18 p.m. — It’s the same line again for Canada generating the best chances. Kent Johnson had a couple of chances on rebounds and then a shot from the slot by Tyson Foerster. Stankoven fired a shot from the top of the circle that Jatkola stopped. The three just seem to get better together every game.
8:13 p.m. — All Canada in the early goings. Mason McTavish gets a one-timer off on Jatkola, and loses the puck trying to corral the rebound. Finland on its heels to start.
8:11 p.m. — The Stankoven line already picking up right where it left off for Canada. After a good cycle down low, Logan Stankoven cuts to the slot with the puck and gets a clean shot on Jatkola, but it goes right in his chest.
7 p.m. — No personnel or line changes for Canada or Finland Most notably, Brad Lambert scratched for Finland again. He did not play in the semifinal game either. Juha Jatkola gets the start for Finland after shutting out Sweden in the semis, he’ll go against Dylan Garand.
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TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call live in Edmonton. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will provide analysis during intermissions.
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at TSN.ca or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. local time, from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., home of the NHL’s Oilers and WHL’s Oil Kings.
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Canada is a 1.5-goal favorite on the puckline for the contest against Finland at the World Juniors, according to Sports Interaction.
(All times Eastern)