EDMONTON, AB -- It took just over eight minutes into the game for the Fins to light up the scoreboard and they would do it nine more times on their way to a 10-1 rout of Denmark in World Junior Championship preliminary round action on Friday.
The victory by Finland sent the Americans to the relegation round along with Denmark, Latvia and either Switzerland or Slovakia depending on the outcomes of the final day of the round robin.
Finnish defenceman Teemu Pulkkinen led the Fins and tied an IIHF U20 record with a four-goal third period. He thought he had a fifth goal but the replay show the puck crossed the line just after the final buzzer sounded.
Flames prospect Markus Granlund collected a pair of assists in the contest and His brother Mikael registered four points. The two have played on the top line for the entire tournament.
Miikka Salomaki, a Nashville Predators second round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, recorded a pair of goals and two assists. Denmark, as expected had a rough round-robin playing four games without a single point and letting in a tournament high 38 goals.
Finland will finish the preliminary round with a date against the Czechs on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Rexall Place in Edmonton.