Pihlstrom and Niskala were teammates with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in 2007-08. Pihlstrom scored a team-high 27 goals and amassed 45 points in 78 games for Milwaukee, while Niskala finished second among all AHL defensemen with 19 goals and led Admirals blueliners with 44 points in 80 games.
Finland captured a medal for the third year in a row, after earning silver in 2007 and bronze in 2006.
Pihlstrom opened the scoring 11:31 into the game, on assists from AHL alumni Niko Kapanen and Hannes Hyvonen. Niskala opened up a 2-0 lead just over two minutes later, and Pihlstrom scored his team-best fifth goal of the tournament early in the third period.