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January 6, 2014

Ristolainen, Finland win WJC gold

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Niagara Gazette — Saros, also drafted by Nashville, made 35 saves.

“Their goalie was really good today,” Wallmark said. “It was tough for us.”

Teravainen had three assists. He won the scoring title with 15 points on two goals and 13 assists, and Maenalanen topped the goals list with seven.

“It’s excellent how the team has grown,” Finnish coach Karri Kivi said. “It was kind of a fairy tale. The painful moments during the tournament made us grow.”

In the third-place game, Russia beat Canada 2-1.

Buffalo center Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov had first-period goals for Russia, and Josh Morrissey scored for Canada in the third.

“When you put on this crest and try to represent your country and can’t even bring a medal back to Canada to the people who’ve been cheering for you, and have 4,000 fans come down here, it’s heartbreaking,” Canadian captain Scott Laughton said.

The Canadians won the last of their record 15 titles in 2009. They also lost to Russia in the third-place game last year in Ufa, Russia.

“We beat them again, so it’s a good time right now,” Grigorenko said. “It’s a tough game to prepare for, but once it starts you just play hockey and want to win the game.”

In the semifinals Saturday, Finland beat Canada 5-1, and Sweden topped Russia 2-1. The United States, the winner last year, dropped out Thursday with a 5-3 quarterfinal loss to Russia.

Germany beat Norway 3-1 for a 2-1 victory in the best-of-three relegation series. Germany will remain in the competition next season in Montreal and Toronto, while Denmark will take Norway’s spot in the 10-team event. Frederik Tiffels, Dominik Kahun and Patrik Klopper scored for Germany and Marvin Cupper made 34 saves.

The 31-game tournament drew 144,268 fans, breaking the European record of 139,680 set in 1998 in Finland. The overall record is 453,282 in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2009. The championship game crowd of 12,023 at Malmo Arena also was a European record.

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