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Finland rallies, beats USA Blue in OT

Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 6:20 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

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Finland rallies, beats USA Blue in OT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wild flurry of goals saw USA Blue score twice in 29 seconds in the third period to take a 5-4 lead, only to watch Finland tie it with 11 seconds left in regulation and win it 41 seconds into overtime in a 6-5 victory Sunday.

Gage Ausmus was called for closing his hand on the puck at 25 seconds of overtime, and it didn't take long for Finland to take advantage of the 4-on-3 power play.

Teuvo Teravainen and Olli Maatta worked the puck around the perimeter, with Teravainen, who finished with two goals and two assists, getting the puck over to Pokka. The New York Islanders prospect ripped a shot from the left faceoff dot past USA Blue goalie Thatcher Demko to win it.

The Finland flurry offset a nice job by USA Blue to take 5-4 lead in the final minute of regulation. Daniel O'Regan's second goal of the game 19 seconds into the third tied it 3-3.

Teravainen's power-play goal put Finland back ahead at 9:39 of the third, but Hudson Fasching's goal from below the goal line 25 seconds later tied the game. Anthony DeAngelo, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, put USA Blue ahead at 10:33.

O'Regan had a glorious chance at the hat trick from in close, but goalie Juuse Saros stuffed it between his pads. That save loomed large when Lehkonen scored in the game's closing seconds to force overtime.

Back with more from the locker rooms.

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