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2021 World Junior Hockey Championship Bronze Medal Game: Finland vs. Russia — Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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It’s not the game they wanted to play on the final day, but there’s still a medal at stake.

IHOCKEY-U20-FIN-RUS Photo credit should read RONI REKOMAA/AFP via Getty Images

Bronze Medal Game: Finland vs. Russia

How to watch

Puck drop: 5:30 PM EST / 2:30 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

As strong as they were in the preliminary stage, Team Russia was outclassed by the Canadians from the opening puck drop in Monday’s first semifinal. They fell in a hole early and sunk deeper as the game went on with Canada growing its lead. They knew there was little chance of pulling out the win, and minds likely turned to the Bronze Medal Game well before the match was done.

Finland, meanwhile, was engaged in its fight with the United States all game long, being the better team on the night, and getting rewarded for that play in the third period when they came back from a two-goal deficit to tie things up. Even pressing with the score evened, it was a goal against the flow of pressure that gave their opponent the lead with just over a minute left. Despite some good looks in the dying seconds, they couldn’t find another tying goal.

Those two dynamics will play out in today’s game to determine the third-place club. Finland’s loss was more crushing given how close they were to winning, but neither club came to the tournament seeking a bronze medal.

The Finns don’t really know any other way to play than flat-out however, so they should be eager to go home on a win. Russia has used a similar style under head coach Igor Larionov, perhaps less cohesively, but with more skill at the top of their lineup. If they’re up for it, the two nations can put on a good show for the undercard of the WJC Final.

Team Finland projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Roni Hirvonen #15 Anton Lundell #23 Mikko Petman
#21 Mikael Pyyhtiä #27 Juuso Pärssinen #34 Aku Räty
#19 Petteri Puhakka #28 Henri Nikkanen #33 Brad Lambert
#36 Benjamin Korhonen #20 Samuel Helenius #29 Kasper Simontaival
#32 Matias Mäntykivi

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Ville Heinola #2 Santeri Hatakka
#35 Mikko Kokkonen #7 Topi Niemelä
#6 Eemil Viro #10 Kasper Puutio
#12 Matias Rajaniemi

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Kari Piiroinen #31 Roope Taponen

Team Russia projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#27 Rodion Amirov #22 Marat Khusnutdinov #19 Vasili Podkolzin
#23 Yegor Afanasyev #9 Mikhail Abramov #8 Arseni Gritsyuk
#25 Danil Bashkirov #24 Ilya Safonov #18 Yegor Spiridinov
#28 Maxim Groshev #13 Vasili Ponomaryov #21 Yegor Chinakhov
#11 Zakhar Bardakov

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#17 Shakir Mukhamadullin #6 Semyon Chistyakov
#7 Roman Bychkov #2 Yan Kuznetsov
#20 Kirill Kirsanov #3 Artemi Knyazev
#5 Daniil Chayka

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Yaroslav Askarov #29 Artur Akhtyamov