Finland opened the scoring on a goal by Esa Pirnes, on a powerplay. Canada responded to three straight goals, Shane Peacock, Craig Ferguson and team captain Jamie Heward gave Canada at 3-1. Juha Lind scored at 16:56 of the first period to make it Canada 3 Finland 2.
David Nemirovsky restored Canada's two goal lead at 7:51 and Shane Peacock, with his second marker of the game, put Canada ahead by three at 10:38. Anti-Jussi Niemi, an Anaheim draft pick, gave Finland some hope with a powerplay goal at 13:58 of the second, but Canada still led 5-3 through forty minutes of play.
Finland managed one goal in the third, scored by Marko Kiprusoff, but Canada held on for the 5-3 win, despite being outshot 41-13. Jamie Hodson was in net for Canada, while David Nemirovsky was named Canada's Player of the Game. Canada stands in third place at the 2003 Sweden Games with a 1-1-2 record. Canada can claim third if Finland defeats the Czech Republic in their final game.
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