Finland takes bronze medal in women's world hockey championship

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CALGARY — Finland won the bronze medal at the women's world hockey championship with a 3-1 win Tuesday over Switzerland.

Tanja Niskanen, Ella Viitasuo and Petra Nieminen scored for the Finns.

Goaltender Anni Keisala made 18 saves for the win a day after stopping 30 of 33 shots in a 3-0 semifinal loss to the United States.

Captain Lara Stalder scored for the Swiss at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre. Saskia Maurer stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss.

After winning the bronze medal a dozen times in the championship, Finland took silver in 2019 for its best result.

The U.S. beat the host Finns in a controversial 2-1 shootout win in Espoo.

What appeared to be an overtime golden goal by Nieminen was waived off for goaltender interference, and the Americans went on to win a fifth straight gold.

The Swiss, who fell 4-0 to Canada in a semifinal in Calgary, reached the final four for the third time. They won bronze in 2012 for their lone medal to date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 31, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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