Canada loses 7-5 to Finland at World Ringette Championship
Team Finland celebrates a win in this Friday Nov. 5, 2010 file photo. (AP / LEHTIKUVA / Kalle Parkkinen)
Published Saturday, January 4, 2014 7:30AM EST
NORTH BAY, Ont. -- Kirsi Pukkila scored two goals and added an assist and Marjukka Virta scored two more as Finland edged Canada 7-5 in the second game of a best-of-three set to take gold at the World Ringette Championship on Friday.
Anne Pohjola, Siiri Kallionpaa and Riikka Hayrinen also scored for Finland, who won the first game of the series 8-4 on Thursday.
Ainsley Ferguson scored two goals for Canada, Kelsey Youldon had a goal and two assists, and Victoria Russell and Jennifer Gaudet also scored.
"We've lost really close games and had some tough breaks along the way," Gaudet said. "It hasn't gone our way. It's unfortunate, but it's a sport. We'll regroup. The program will move forward and the people who are fortunate to be part of this the next time will win."
Ferguson opened the scoring at 10:42 of the first quarter and Youldon made it 2-0 less than two minutes later.
The Canadians held Finland scoreless until the second quarter when Pohjola, Virta and Hayrinen all scored within 10 minutes to take the lead.
Gaudet tied the game 3-3 at 3:46 of the third, but Finland responded with two more goals to take the lead for good.
Canadian Meghan Pittawa made 34 saves while Finland's Anna Nakki stopped 45 shots for the win.