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Finland downs Latvia 5-1 at world junior hockey championship but loses Aaltonen

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 10:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

UFA, Russia - Miro Aaltonen scored twice and added an assist before leaving the game with a serious ankle injury Wednesday as Finland defeated Latvia 5-1 at the world junior hockey championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen added a goal and an assist for the Finns (1-0), while Artturi Lehkonen and Markus Granlund also scored. Joel Armia chipped in with two assists.

Joonas Korpisalo made 11 saves to get the win in Pool A.

Aaltonen had to leave the game after a third-period collision with a Latvian player.

"His tournament is over because his ankle is very bad," said Finnish coach Harri Rindell, adding the 19-year-old forward may require surgery. "He was so depressed because he really wanted to play and he is in great shape. That's hockey, unfortunately."

Nikolajs Jelisejevs had the only goal for Latvia (0-1), which got 39 saves from Elvis Merzlikins.

Latvia will take on Switzerland in that country's tournament opener Thursday, while Finland faces the Czech Republic (0-1) on Friday.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game