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Kahkonen Earns Win For Finland At World Juniors

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Kaapo Kahkonen (2014 Draft, fourth round) made 25 saves as Finland defeated Slovakia 8-3 at the World Junior Championships on Wednesday.

Making his first start of the tournament, Kahkonen and Finland fell behind 2-0 in the first period with 8:05 remaining.

But Finland would storm back and score five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead. Slovakia would pull within 5-3, but Finland then responded with another three unanswered goals to take a five-goal lead. 



After allowing two goals on 11 shots in the first period, Kahkonen stopped 16 of the next 17 he faced.

Finland is in third place in Group B with six points, trailing both Russia (seven points) and the Czech Republic (six). Finland finishes group play on Thursday at 12 p.m. Central time against the Czech Republic with a chance to at least move to second place in the group.

United States 10, Switzerland 1

Defenseman Louis Belpedio (2014 Draft, third round) had three shots on goal in the United States' 10-1 rout of Switzerland on Wednesday.

Belpedio, who has been held without a point in the two games after he scored the game-winning goal in the United States' opening game against Canada, took the third-most shots among all American skaters in the team's largest offensive output of the tournament.

With the victory, the United States moved into second place in Group A, leapfrogging Canada. The Americans will finish group play on Thursday against Denmark at 10 a.m. Central time, with a regulation win securing them at least second place.

Sweden 5, Denmark 0

Forward Joel Eriksson Ek (2015 Draft, first round) had a team-high six shots on goal, and Sweden remained perfect in group play with a 5-0 win against Denmark.

In its three victories, Sweden has outscored its opponents by a combined 14-3. It has not allowed a goal since its opening game against Switzerland, an 8-3 win, and has posted consecutive shutouts after defeating the United States 1-0 on Monday.

Eriksson Ek has taken a combined 12 shots on goal in Sweden's three victories, most among all Swedish skaters.

Sweden finishes group play with a chance to go undefeated and enter the knockout round as the top seed on Thursday against Canada at 2 p.m. Central time.

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