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Worlds: Aho leads Finland to Final

Hurricanes prospect scores two power-play goals in 3-1 win against Russia

by @NHL /

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho scored two power-play goals to lead Finland to a 3-1 comeback victory against Russia in the semifinal of the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Ice Palace in Moscow on Saturday.

Finland plays the winner of the other semifinal between the United States and Canada in the final on Sunday at Ice Palace on Sunday (1:15 p.m. ET).

Undefeated Finland is one win away from completing the unprecedented feat of winning the World Junior Championship, the World Championship and Under-18 World Championship in the same year.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Finland scored three unanswered goals in the second. Aho's first power-play goal came at 5:34, assisted by Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild) and Esa Lindell (Dallas Stars). Finland took a 2-1 lead at 15:50 on a goal by Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) and doubled its lead on Aho's second power-play goal less than three minutes later.

Patrik Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, had one assist in 17:41 of ice time for Finland.

Sergei Shirokov gave the host nation a 1-0 lead at 2:52 of the first period. Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) had 13 saves for Russia.

Russia will meet either Canada or the United States in the bronze-medal game at Ice Palace at 9:15 a.m. ET on Sunday.

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