There’s a strange quirk of fate at this year’s IIHF World Championships in Group A. Great Britain have never lost to Finland at senior international level! The two sides meet in Košice today.
Granted the last meeting was at the 1962 World Championships, and the one before in 1951, but it’s a record that has not gone unnoticed by the Finnish media ahead of today’s clash. GB go into the game off the back of a confidence-boosting 6-3 loss to the USA, where they held their opponents at one each after 20 minutes.
“We need to keep the standard from the USA game going until the end of the tournament, and it will give us a massive boost with some big games to come. We know we have to find a win to stay up but the confidence is good in the group and we are enjoying ourselves. Finland are a fantastic team and we know it’s going to be a big challenge.” – Brett Perlini (Forward, Great Britain)
Finland have only dropped one point so far in their four games, an OT loss to the USA. They do however have wins over Canada, Slovakia to their name, adding to that last night with a hard-fought win over Denmark. They also have the story of the tournament so far with young forward Kaapo Kakko. Predicted to go either #1 or #2 in this summer’s NHL entry draft, the 18-year-old has currently racked up six goals and an assist in four matches.
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