It was a dramatic final. But after a goal in overtime from Emelie Wibron Sweden got to celebrate winning the championship at home.
Despite the sore loss, Finlands Oona Kauppi were proud over her team’s performance.
– I think we we played really well and I was 100% sure that we were going to win that game. I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to play with my amazing teammates in this game, but I’m still very disappointed for the result.
Sweden took the lead in the match through Ellen Backstedt. The lead did not last very long as Finland’s captain Veera Kauppi equalized two minutes later. Both teams played well, but when all the smoke had settled, Sweden had the lead with three goals to one. The last goal was scored by Ellen Rasmussen from a seemingly impossible angle.
In the second period, Finland took over the game more and more, and the team would receive a reward. After a quick turn, Veera Kauppi, who else, managed to reduce to 2-3. After the goal, both teams created several good chances, but both Finland’s Krista Nieminen and Sweden’s Matilda Ostlund Visen shut the door.
In the third period, Finland equalized in powerplay. After a nice pass, Sara Piispa finally tucked the ball home on volley. The teams continued to create chances to win, but overtime would be needed to separate the countries. In overtime there were two nervous teams, but Sweden found a way to win, that way is spelled Maja Vistrom. After a nice pass from Sweden’s MVP Vistrom, Emelie Wibron was able to score the golden gold.
– I have no words for my feelings right now, it’s just so amazing. I can’t describe it, Swedens MVP Maja Wistrom says right after the game.
MVP Finland: Veera Kauppi
MVP Sweden: Maja Wiström