The Little Lion kicks off the Ice Hockey World Cup in the U-18 age group by meeting Russia in a match that begins around midnight. Finland beat Russia recently. But Russia showed its danger in the opening match of the World Cup against the United States.
Finland completed its World Cup preparations by meeting Canada in a training match at the weekend. Lönnlöven was better with the numbers 5-1.
Russia opened the World Cup finals on Monday with strong criticism against host country USA. The United States already led the match
5-1, but Russia eventually won after 7-6 overtime.
Finland and Russia have met in the U-18 Championship 15 times over the years. Finland has had nine victories, while Russia has won six times. The goal difference is 46-46. Finland still won the semi-final against Russia.
Finland’s last loss to Russia was from the tournament in 2013. Russia then won the group stage 3-1, while Finland avenged the bronze match 2-1.
After that match, Finland did not lose to Russia. At the World Cup in 2018, Finland beat Russia 5-4 en route to the last World Cup gold.
In all, Finland won four gold medals in the tournament, in 1999, 2000, 2016 and 2018. Last year, the tournament was not played due to the pandemic.
Finland’s program in the FIFA U-18 World Cup:
Day 28.4. at 00.00 Finland – Russia
to 29.4. At 04.00 Czech Republic – Finland
Saturday 1.5. At 04.00 Finland – Germany
Sunday 2.5. At 04.00 United States – Finland.
Finland squad for the FIFA U-18 World Cup:
1 lambinin jani, hyvc
30 Coskinfo Aku, HEVC
31 Helomaa Juuso, Aces
2 Finland Jimmy, Jokerit
3 Kulonummi Kasper, Jokerit
4 Gosola Veligami, Lulia
6 Ervasti Kali, Luke
7 Malinin Alexei, JYP . Agency
10 Felin Tobias, Pelican
12 Lebanese Tommy, Luke
21 Hemusalmi Alexei, Assis
13 Päivärinta Sami, Lock
15 Yarvilla Juhu, Jokorit
18 Salminin Samo, The Jokers
19 Mittinen Werner, Kiko Espoo
20 Yliniemi Sisu, flies
22 Cabanine Oliver, Kalpa
24 Koivunen Ville, Flies
25 Kimmel Joachim, JYP . Agency
27 Tomala Samo, Carpathians
28 Rossonen Rasmus, HEVC
29 Huuhtanen Niko, Tappara
32 Matika Miku Jokers
33 Lambert Brad, JYP . Agency
35 Väisänen Kalle, TPS