Double overtime drama in Finnish Cup finals – Classic, PSS new champions

Both men’s and women’s finals went into overtime as the Finnish Cup was decided in Turku this weekend. Classic’s Mikko Leikkanen and PSS’ Ella Holmberg became the heroes for their teams scoring the winners as Classic beat SPV 5-4 and PSS defeated TPS 3-2.

The men’s semifinals were played on Friday followed by the final on Saturday as the women had their semifinals scheduled for Saturday and the final for Sunday in Kupittaan palloiluhalli.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators were allowed in but national broadcaster Yle broadcasted had their cameras and commentators present for all six games.

In the men’s final, reigning Cup champions SPV had a 4-3 lead into the final minute to then allow Classic’s Oskari Heikkilä tie it it up with Classic having pulled their goalie. Merely six seconds into overtime, SPV’s Jukka-Pekka Pelto-Arvo got a five-minute penalty after violently colliding with Classic goalie Oskar Sillanpää (video) and Mikko Leikkanen’s power play goal decided the title off  Nico Salo’s pass.

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In the women’s final, TPS took the lead twice just to see PSS tie it up both times and press hard in the final period as TPS seemed to get tired. TPS’ goalie Noora Vuorela held her team in the game with numerous big saves but in the overtime, Ella Holmberg escaped from the sides into the slot to beat her with a beautiful shot into the top of the net.

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Photos: Anssi Koskinen and Hannu Tuominen