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2013 WJC Blog: Day 10

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany W 8-0
1/4^ Slovakia W 4-0
^ Relegation Round

Ville Pokka’s Finland squad skated past Slovakia with a convincing 11-4 win Friday, successfully avoiding relegation and guaranteeing a spot in next year’s World Junior Championship. The Islanders second-round draft pick in 2012 recorded a pair of assists in the win.

Finland took a 3-0 lead into the second period, a frame in which they outscored the Slovaks 4-3. Pokka’s helpers came just two minutes apart early in the middle stanza.

Slovakia cut the lead to 7-4 early in the third, but Finland pulled away with four straight tallies down the stretch to secure the victory.

Pokka finishes the tournament with two goals, four assists and a team-leading plus-10 rating in six games.


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