IIHF World Championship 2022: Finland holds off Canada's comeback, wins in OT to grab gold

The gold medals for the 2022 IIHF World Championship are going to the hometown crew. 

Finland earned a 4-3 overtime win in the gold medal game to win the country its fourth gold medal at the event. Salari Manninen potted the game-winning goal on the power play in the OT frame to lift the Finns to victory in their home country. 

Canada came close to completing yet another epic comeback at the tournament. Down 3-1 with less than two minutes to go, Canada pulled its goalie and goals from Zach Whitecloud and Maxime Comtois tied the game, forcing the extra period. But the effort fell just short and the country had to settle for silver. 

In the bronze-medal game, Czechia came back from down 3-2 against the United States, ripping off four unanswered goals to grab the victory and the medal. 

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Who is playing in the 2022 IIHF World Championship?

This year, 16 teams are participating in the IIHF World Championship. They are split up into two groups of eight. 

The IIHF has suspended all Russia and Belarus national teams from competing in international tournaments, so they will not be competing in this tournament. France and Austria have taken their place. 

IIHF World Championship standings 

GROUP A
TEAMW-OTW-OTL-LPTS
Switzerland*6-1-0-020
Germany*5-0-1-116
Canada*5-0-0-215
Slovakia*4-0-0-312
Denmark4-0-0-312
France1-1-0-55
Italy1-0-0-63
Kazakhstan0-0-1-61

GROUP B
TEAMW-OTW-OTL-LPTS
Finland*6-0-1-019
Sweden*5-1-1-018
Czechia*4-0-1-213
United States*3-2-0-213
Latvia2-1-0-48
Austria1-1-2-37
Norway1-1-0-55
Great Britain0-0-1-61

* = qualified for playoffs

Where is the 2022 IIHF World Championship?

This year's IIHF World Championship is taking place in Finland. There are two host cities for the 2022 tournament, Tampere and Helsinki. 

Tampere's new Nokia Arena will serve as the main venue for the event. Games in Helsinki will be played at Helsinki Ice Hall. 

How to watch the 2022 IIHF World Championship?

In the United States, some games will be broadcast on NHL Network. 

You can stream NHL Network on Sling TV, Fubo TV or DIRECTV Stream. Games not on the NHL Network will be streamed on ESPN+. 

  • Canada TV: TSN, RDS
  • Canada live stream: TSN.ca, TSN app

Canadians can view games on TSN (English-language) or RDS (French-language). 

TSN can be streamed on TSN.ca, through the TSN App and TSN Direct.  

When is the 2022 IIHF World Championship?

  • Start: Friday, May 13
  • End: Thursday, May 29

The tournament begins May 13 with the start of group play. 

The playoffs will begin May 26 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be held on May 28 and the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on May 29. 

DATETIME (ET)MATCHUP
Friday, May 13FinalSlovakia 4, France 2
Friday, May 13FinalUSA 4, Latvia 1
Friday, May 13FinalCanada 5, Germany 3
Friday, May 13FinalFinland 5, Norway 0
Saturday, May 14FinalDenmark 9, Kazakhstan 1
Saturday, May 14FinalSweden 3, Austria 1
Saturday, May 14FinalSwitzerland 5, Italy 2
Saturday, May 14FinalCzechia 5, Great Britain 1
Saturday, May 14FinalGermany 2, Slovakia 1
Saturday, May 14FinalFinland 2, Latvia 1
Sunday, May 15FinalCanada 6, Italy 1
Sunday, May 15Final (SO)Norway 4, Great Britain 3
Sunday, May 15FinalFrance 2, Kazakhstan 1
Sunday, May 15Final (OT)USA  3, Austria 2
Sunday, May 15FinalSwitzerland 6, Denmark 0
Sunday, May 15FinalSweden 5, Czechia 3
Monday, May 16FinalCanada 5, Slovakia 1
Monday, May 16FinalLatvia 3, Norway 2
Monday, May 16FinalGermany 3, France 2
Monday, May 16FinalFinland 4, USA 1
Tuesday, May 17FinalDenmark 2, Italy 1
Tuesday, May 17Final (SO)Austria 2, Czechia 1
Tuesday, May 17FinalSwitzerland 3, Kazakhstan 2
Tuesday, May 17FinalSweden 6, Great Britain 0
Wednesday, May 18Final (OT)France 2, Italy 1 
Wednesday, May 18FinalNorway 5, Austria 3
Wednesday, May 18FinalSwitzerland 5, Slovakia 3
Wednesday, May 18Final (SO)Sweden 3, Finland 2
Thursday, May 19FinalGermany 1, Denmark 0
Thursday, May 19FinalUSA 3, Great Britain
Thursday, May 19FinalCanada 6, Kazakhstan 3
Thursday, May 19FinalCzechia 5, Latvia 1
Friday, May 20FinalGermany 9, Italy 4
Friday, May 20FinalFinland 9, Great Britain
Friday, May 20FinalSlovakia 4, Kazakhstan 3
Friday, May 20Final (SO)Latvia 4, Austria 3
Saturday, May 21FinalDenmark 3, France 0
Saturday, May 21Final (OT)USA 3, Sweden 2
Saturday, May 21FinalSwitzerland 6, Canada 3
Saturday, May 21FinalFinland 3, Austria 0
Saturday, May 21FinalSlovakia 3, Italy 1
Saturday, May 21FinalCzechia 4, Norway 1
Sunday, May 22FinalGermany 5, Kazakhstan 4
Sunday, May 22FinalLatvia 4, Great Britain 3
Sunday, May 22FinalSwitzerland 5, France 2
Sunday, May 22FinalSweden 7, Norway 1
Monday, May 23FinalKazakhstan 5, Italy 2
Monday, May 23FinalCzechia 1, USA 0
Monday, May 23FinalDenmark 3, Canada 2
Monday, May 23FinalAustria 5, Great Britain 3
Tuesday, May 24Final (SO)Switzerland 4, Germany 3 
Tuesday, May 24FinalSweden 1, Latvia 0
Tuesday, May 24FinalSlovakia 7, Denmark 1
Tuesday, May 24FinalUSA 4, Norway 2
Tuesday, May 24FinalCanada 7, France 1
Tuesday, May 24FinalFinland 3, Czechia 0
Thursday, May 26FinalCzechia 4, Germany 1
Thursday, May 26Final (OT)Canada 4, Sweden 3
Thursday, May 26FinalUSA 3, Switzerland 0
Thursday, May 26FinalFinland 4, Slovakia 2
Saturday, May 28FinalFinland 4,  USA 3
Saturday, May 28FinalCanada 6, Czechia 1
Sunday, May 29FinalCzechia 6, USA 3
Sunday, May 29FinalFinland 4, Canada 3 (OT)
Author(s)
Bryan Murphy is an NHL Content Producer for The Sporting News. He previously worked at NBC Sports and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.