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Finland shuts out Switzerland in Group A match

Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 3:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Finland shuts out Switzerland in Group A match
Joonas Nattinen, Jaakko Turtiainen, Teemu Pulkkinen and Julius Junttila had goals and Joni Ortio made 15 saves as Finland earned its first win of the 2011 World Junior Championship with a 4-0 victory against Switzerland on Tuesday at HSBC Arena.
Nattinen, a 2009 third-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, connected in the first period as Finland held a 17-5 advantage in shots. Nattinen, who has 2 goals in two games, was named Finland's Player of the Game. Switzerland goalie Benjamin Conz, who was the top goalie of the 2010 WJC, finished with 34 saves and was named Swiss Player of the Game.
Turtiainen struck 4:37 into the second to extend the lead to 2-0. Pulkkinen, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, and then Junttila connected in a span of 3:14 in the third to close the scoring.
Finland, which played extremely well in a 3-2 overtime loss to the U.S. on Sunday, continued its strong, aggressive approach in every zone against Switzerland. Switzerland was coming off a 4-3 victory against Germany -- a game they led 4-0 before allowing Germany back into the game. 
Finland goalie Joni Ortio, a 2009 fifth-round pick of the Calgary Flames, needed to make just 15 saves to record his first WJC shutout. Ortio started for Finland at last year's tournament.
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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