JYP Jyväskylä: Champions of Europe!
(Photo: Mathias Bergeld)

Finals in the Champions Hockey League are always tight, and this year was no exception as JYP Jyväskylä won the game 2-0 to be crowned Champions of Europe!

A scoreless opening period saw the home side have the better of the chances and possession. JYP were strong on the penalty kill as Växjö failed to convert on opportunities in the first and middle periods – something that they would later regret. With the Finns this time playing with a man advantage, Joonas Nattinen found himself wide open in the Lakers' zone to put Jyväskylä one up as his shot slipped through Viktor Fasth.

That lead stayed until 51 minutes to go – or so the Lakers thought. Eric Martinsson's shot from the point found the net but was washed out for goalie interference, with the officials consulting the video and sticking to the on-ice call.

A late minor penalty on the visitors gave the Lakers the perfect chance to tie the game in dramatic fashion. A half-empty net was missed by Andrew Calof as the Lakers pressed hard for the equalizer. Then it was over. With the Lakers net empty, Janne Kolehmainen shot into the open goal in front of jubilant JYP fans to take the trophy to Finland!