ESPOO, Finland- Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto missed a berth on the podium by a point in pairs Saturday at the Finlandia Open figure skating competition. The event is the sixth stop on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.
 
Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China won the gold medal with 198.03 points, Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy were second at 193.50 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia third at 184.78.
 
Ilyushechkina and Moscovitch were fourth after Thursday’s short program and didn’t budge in the standings despite the third best free skate. They totalled 183.80.
 
‘’We pushed hard and did an OK job considering it is so early in the season.’’ said Moscovitch, sixth with his partner at the world championships last season. ‘’Both programs are new so we’re taking in information on what we need to improve on and focus on leading into the Grand Prix season.’’
 
Boyang Jin of China won the gold medal in men’s competition ahead of two Americans: Vincent Zhou in second and Adam Rippon in third.
 
Roman Sadovsky of Vaughan, Ont., and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., were 10th and 11th.
 
In ice dancing Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are fourth after the short dance while world championship bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is fifth after the women’s short program.
 
The free dance and women’s free skate are on Sunday.