Finland’s HC Kings goes home empty handed once again after getting beat by Minnesota’s finest - Team Wright Homes - in a stunning overtime showdown at the Red Bull Open Ice World Finals located at The OVAL, a 110,000 square foot slab of ice that is known as the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America.
HC Kings lost in the first round to Wright Homes (pictured above) in last year’s tournament and vowed revenge, spending the entire off-season training. Their hard work paid off with a finals berth this year but was once again foiled by the Minnesotans.
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- Considered one of the toughest hockey competitions in the world
- Brings hockey back to its origins: outdoors on frozen lakes and ponds
- Only requirements: passions, some talent and - of course - helmet and skates
This championship victory was Wright Homes’ second in so many years, and they had this to say: “[HC Kings] are a fantastic team but we persevered and beat them again this year. We were down a team member but still won.”
Perhaps they were more accustomed to the freezing temperatures of Minnesota, giving them the upper hand over HC Kings. In fact, three hometown teams advanced to the frozen final four.
Hockey squads - which featured 32 teams - came from Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Iowa, Wisonsin, New York and all over Minnesota. The international teams came from Finland, Canada, Hungary and Slovenia.
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