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This is it. Winner takes it all. It’s the first time the two Nordic rivals have ever clashed in the under-20 final, and after a spirited game earlier in the tournament, there were high expectations for the final contest. Sweden brought back 11 returnees from last year’s team, which won silver, while Finland struggled last year with a seventh place finish after staying alive in the relegation round. They haven’t won a medal since earning a bronze in 2006, and they haven’t received the gold since 1998, so the chance to win it against their biggest rival definitely got them moving. If you asked anyone prior to the game, it would have been hard to bet against the Swedes with all their depth at every position, but Finland utilized the trap perfectly to take home the 3-2 overtime victory thanks to Rasmus Ristolainen’s goal that barely made it under the pad of Oscar Dansk.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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