The International Hockey Lineal Championship doubled up on champions in 2016, with six different nations taking hold of the IHLC over a span of 23 games, leaving an unlikely country the incumbent champion heading into 2017.
Tonight’s matchup between Canada and Finland featured the two dominant teams in Group B play in St. Petersburg.
Finland earned a decisive 4-0 victory, scoring three goals in the second period and never looking back.
North American rivals Canada and the United States faced off in the opening tilt here at the 2016 World Championships.
Canada came back from an early deficit in the first period to score five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 victory at the 2016 IIHF World Championships.
The grand finale of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 6 in Russia, with the top 16 hockey nations on earth meeting in Russia to compete at the 80th IIHF World Championship.