EDMONTON, AB -- Flames prospect Markus Granlund collected another assist as Finland blanked The Czechs 4-0 in each of their final preliminary games at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton on Saturday.
Granlund's linemate and brother Mikael registered a pair of assists in the contest and defenceman Teemu Pulkkinen continued his torrid goal scoring pace with a single marker, his sixth in the past two games. Joonas Donkskoi, Alexander Ruutu and Miro Aaltonen capped of the scoring for the Finns.
With the victory, the Finns wrapped up second place in Group B and will face the third place team from Group A, whoever comes out on top between Switzerland or Slovakia.
Goaltender Sami Aittokallio faced 36 shots between the pipes and stopped them all to earn the shutout for the Finns who exceeded expectations and surprised many by winning three games in the preliminary round. They only allowed 10 goals against in four games, eight of them came from the sticks of the powerhouse Canadian shooters.
Czech goaltender Petr Mrazek, who became an instant crowd favourite on Saturday when the Czechs shocked the Americans as a result of his due to his emotional antics, stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.
The Czechs will square off against the loser of the Russia-Sweden game in Calgary for the quarter-finals.
Author: Jason Johnson