Finn-tastic finish

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

The screams told her the puck was in the net and the game over.

Defenceman Saija Sirvio scored on a shot from the point in sudden-death overtime to give Finland an upset 1-0 victory over Sweden before 4,069 fans at the MTS Centre yesterday.

"I never saw when she shot," said Swedish netminder Kim Martin. "I didn't see anything. I just heard a lot of screaming."

Martin was screened on the play.

"I was very happy (to see the puck go in) because it's awesome with us winning," Sirvio said. "We had very tight game against Sweden and it was very important."

Finland finished first in its pool, advancing to the medal round.

"The team is very happy now and I have to say that I am also happy," gushed an overjoyed Finnish coach Hannu Saintula.

"We played the way we planned and that's the key point. We didn't play as they wanted ... We really wanted to beat Sweden and that is great for our team.

"This was not the easy pool and our goal was to win this pool and now that we have that, we have extremely hard games, very big games. We'll try to play our best."

Although she only made 21 saves, Finland goalie Noora Raty robbed Swedish shooters on her doorstep several times.

"She is unbelievable," Saintula said. "She's so young and the same as Kim (Martin) a couple of years ago. Her personality's a little bit different but both are talented goalies and in a couple of years, with more ice time, will be one of the best in the whole world."

The best Sweden can do now is win the bronze medal.

"Bad things happen in hockey," said Sweden coach Peter Erlander. "We had hoped we'd be there in the medal round but we lost to another team again ... Nora played very well for them, too.

"In overtime, where there is a shot that you don't see the puck, it could happen one way or the other."

CAPTAIN HONOURED: In a pre-game ceremony, the Swedes presented captain Erika Holst with sweater No. 200 in honour of playing her 200th game.


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