World Junior Championships: Finland stubbornly ahead of USA

Finland completed a late comeback to eventually win 4-3 in overtime over the United States in a preparatory match for the World Youth Hockey Championship on Thursday in Edmonton.

Finland captain Ronnie Hirvonen ended the power debate after 57 seconds into the extra period. The striker fired a laser beam from the left circle to find the upper right corner, stunned American goalkeeper Dylan Silverstein.

The American team advanced 3-1 at the end of the third inning, and opened the door for its opponents by receiving a big penalty kick for five minutes. So, with 1 minute and 45 seconds left in normal time, Joel Mata is starting to get his family back. Then Phil Otavenen tied after 50 seconds to force overtime.

Brett Berrard and Dominic James gave the United States a two-goal lead in the final clash. After the first period, a 1:1 stalemate was entered on the board thanks to the successes of Casper Simonteval and Tanner Dickinson.


The Canadian hockey team said this afternoon that the preparatory match scheduled between the Czechs and Switzerland on Thursday evening in Red Deer, was also canceled due to “protocols related to Covid-19.” The Swiss coach could have received at least one positive test. If the players are forced to quarantine, it will be difficult for the respective national teams to find replacements. Each team is limited to 25 hockey players.

Preliminary round duels begin on Sunday in Alberta, Edmonton and Red Deer. The Czechs will also be Canada’s first competitor on that day.

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