Finns good as gold in ringette final

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

Team Canada will have three more years to figure out what went wrong after being swept in the best-of-three final at the world ringette championship in Tampere, Finland.

It may not have been so much what went wrong, but how do they figure out the talented Finns, who won the world title for the second straight time, with a 6-3 decision over Canada Friday. The U.S. picked up bronze by beating Sweden 19-1.

After Finland opened the scoring, Barb Bautista and Andrea Ferguson gave Canada a 2-1 lead. Finland took a 4-2 lead before Stephanie Seguin narrowed the gap. But the champs scored another, then added one into an empty net. Edmonton’s Keely Brown faced 56 shots and was named Canada’s player of the game.

“They are so strong offensively and every mistake we made, they took advantage of,” said Edmonton’s Jennifer Hartley, who had six goals and seven assists in the tournament. “It was a tough loss.”

Colleen Hagan, Katie Lugg and Jenna McBride, all from the Ottawa area, were on the Canadian team.

The tournament’s awards ceremonies will be held on Saturday.


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