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Jones logs minutes, Rasanen scores at WJC

The U.S. and Finland both won in their respective games Saturday

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers prospects Caleb Jones (U.S.) and Aapeli Rasanen (Finland) both played on New Year's Eve for their respective nations.

U.S. defeated Canada 3-1. Jones, the Oilers fourth round (117-overall) draft pick in 2015, played a team-high 23:29. The Texas native has one assist in four contests.

The victory marked the first time U.S.A. beat Canada in a New Year's Eve game, dating back 18 years. 

In seven total NYE matches between the two countries, the U.S. have lost six games and tied one. They finish the preliminary round perfect at 4-0-0-0 with 17 goals for and only six against. 

Canada ends their preliminary round at 3-0-0-1, recording 21 goals for and eight against. 

Rasanen's Team Finland beat Switzerland 2-0 Saturday, with the 2016 sixth rounder (153-overall) teaming up with his Sioux City Musketeers teammate Eeli Tolvanen on both tallies.

Rasanen opened the scoring in the second period. The Finn got his stick on a rebound and knocked it in. Later in the frame, Rasanen's clean offensive zone faceoff win was tucked home by Tolvanen with a one-timer. Both players finished with a goal and assist. 

After winning gold at last year's tournament, Finland has had a disappointing outing in the 2017 edition. They will play Latvia in the relegation round. 

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