robust team effort and inspiring goaltending prevailed over Russian skill at the final of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF).

Stopping 47 of 49 shots, Finland relied on a quality performance from netminder Kaapo KšhkŲnen after a two-goal lead in the first period set them on the winning path against their neighbours to the east.

"It was our best game so far this season," said Rauli Urama, head coach of a Finland team born 1996 and later. "Having previously lost all our games against Russia this season, we now beat them in our fourth attempt because we played our own game and were all in this together as a team."