Finland edge Canada to clinch third world title

Finland claimed their first IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship title since 2011 courtesy of a 3-1 win over Canada in Sunday's final.

Kaapo Kakko, 18, scored twice for Finland, although his opener was cancelled out by Jonathan Marchessault in the first period.

But Arttu Ilomaki's goal gave Finland a third-period lead before Kakko's empty-netter in the final minute.

It was Finland's third tournament win and second straight when the event has been held in Slovakia, repeating their 2011 success.

Kakko, touted as a potential number one pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, praised his team's fight.

"It was such a great feeling out there, and our fans were so unbelievable," Kakko said.

"The team battled really well."

In the battle for third place, Russia recorded a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the Czech Republic.

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