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Jets at the Worlds: Day 12

by Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) / Winnipeg Jets



TUESDAY, MAY 17

FINLAND 4 vs. CANADA 0


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The difference between the top two teams in Group B came down to three words: The second period.
 
Finland put three goals past Canada’s Cam Talbot in the middle frame, en route to a 4-0 win to finish the preliminary round 7-0-0-0. Tommi Kivisto, Leo Komarov, Mika Pyorala, and Jarno Koskiranta each scored for Finland in the win, which sealed top spot in Group B.


 
Cam Talbot reaches back, but to no avail as Leo Komarov puts the Finns up 2-0. Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images 

After a scoreless first period, Finland opened the scoring less than four minutes into the second. Talbot turned the puck over behind the net, and Finland’s Mikko Rantanen moved the puck to the point, where Kivisto’s low shot on net found its way under Talbot’s leg.
 
Finland made it 2-0 less than 10 minutes later when Komarov’s slap shot off the rush beat Talbot from the top of the circle. The Canadian netminder got a piece of the blast, but couldn’t dive back in time to keep the puck from rolling over the goal line.
 
The lead increased to 3-0 when Pyorala fed Sebastien Aho through the legs of a Canadian defenceman, and after Talbot stopped Aho’s initial attempt, Pyorala buried the loose puck in the crease.
 
It wasn’t all good news for Finland in the second however, as the team’s leading scorer, Patrik Laine took only one shift after colliding with Corey Perry just prior to a line change. The second-ranked international skater going into this summer’s NHL Draft favoured his leg after the collision with the Canadian captain. Laine did return for the third period.

Koskiranta extended the lead to 4-0 less than three minutes into the 3rd, when Talbot kicked out a rebound off a Pyorala shot from the side boards.
 
Between the pipes, Talbot stopped 15 of the 19 shots he faced, while Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves for the shutout.
 
Next up for both teams is the quarterfinal round. Mark Scheifele and Canada will face Sweden, and Finland takes on Nikolaj Ehlers and Denmark.


SLOVAKIA 3 vs. USA 2 (OT)


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Bittersweet may be the way both teams describe the preliminary round finale against each other.
 
Marko Dano’s goal less than a minute into overtime gave Slovakia the 3-2 win over the USA, but Dano’s squad needed a regulation win against the Americans to get to the quarterfinal.


 
Marko Dano pops home the overtime winner. Photo courtesy Minas Panagiotakis/HHOF-IIHF Images

Despite the loss, the USA clinched their spot in the quarterfinal round with a 3-1-0-3 record - fourth in Group B - two points clear of Slovakia.
 
The USA line-up included Kyle Connor for the first time in two games. The University of Michigan alum played in four of seven preliminary round games due to an undisclosed minor injury. In the loss to Slovakia, Connor had 7:13 of ice time.
 
With the game tied late in the third period, thanks to a Pavol Skalicky equalizer with less than 10 minutes to go, Slovakia head coach Zdeno Ciger pulled goaltender Julius Hudacek to try and get the crucial regulation win.
 
Despite their efforts, the Slovaks couldn’t beat USA netminder Keith Kinkaid in the final minute, sending the game to overtime.
 
Christian Jaros put Slovakia on the board in the opening period, while Brock Nelson and Nick Foligno scored for the USA.
 
Hudacek made 23 saves in the loss, while Kinkaid turned away 27 of Slovakia’s 30 shots.
 
Slovakia finishes the IIHF tournament with a record of 2-1-0-4. Along with his overtime winner, Dano registered an assist earlier in the event, finishing with two points in seven games.


RUSSIA 4 vs. SWEDEN 1



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Alexander Burmistrov and Russia clinched second spot in Group A with a 4-1 win over Sweden on the final day of preliminary round action.



Alexander Burmistrov (left) salutes the hometown crowd in Moscow. Photo courtesy Andre Ringuette /HHOF-IIHF Images

Yevgeni Dadonov, Artemi Panarin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Roman Lyubimov bulged the twine for the host Russians, and Mattias Ekholm added Sweden’s lone marker early in the third.
 
Panarin finished the game with two points, leaving him second in the tournament in scoring with 12 points – one behind teammate Vadim Shipachyov.
 
Russia fired 40 shots at Sweden’s Jacob Markstrom, with 35 of those coming in the first 40 minutes.
 
The win means Russia and Germany will face off in the quarterfinal round on Thursday in Moscow (12:15 pm CT), with Sweden and Canada facing off in St. Petersburg at the same time.

DRAFT WATCH

 
In the 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia, Auston Matthews directed three shots on goal in 16:17 ice time. He finishes the preliminary round with three goals and six points in seven games.
 
As for Patrik Laine, despite leaving the game against Canada in the second period, he returned for the third period, and finished with 18 minutes of ice time. His preliminary round point totals include six goals and 10 points in his seven games played.

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
 
All games will be played on Thursday, May 19:
 
Czech Republic vs USA (Kyle Connor) – 8:15 am CT
Finland vs Denmark (Nikolaj Ehlers) – 8:15 am CT
Russia (Alexander Burmistrov) vs Germany – 12:15 pm CT
Canada (Mark Scheifele) vs Sweden – 12:15 CT

-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
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