31 wins in 31 games – TPS Finnish champions again

TPS from Turku dominated F-liiga women from beginning to end. They won all their 21 regular season games without losing a point and continued with a clean 10-0 sweep in the play-offs. In the fourth final game, Classic pushed TPS into overtime that ended with Laura Rantanen’s 6-5 winner for TPS at 68.41.

In the quarter-finals, TPS pushed aside local rivals FBC Turku in three straight and in the semis, it was EräViikingit’s turn to face the same.

TPS started the final series with a 12-4 victory that set a new record for largest winning margin in women’s final game history. After a 8-4 loss in Tampere, Classic faced additional health problems entering game there with just 13 players and a junior goalie. In that one, TPS eased off after 5-0 in 12 minutes to then sail for another 8-4 win.

The fourth final was the first time this season where TPS did not manage a regular time win and Classic even had the lead after 55 minutes. In the overtime, Jenna Saario’s shot missed the net but Laura Rantanen was there to shovel the ball in by the far post as it bounced off the boards to start TPS’ golden celebration.

In the bronze medal game, last year’s finalists PSS were able to end their season with a win after 2-1 against EräViikingit.

Photos: Esa Takalo

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