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World Juniors: Finns Fall to the USA

Finland drop a 6-2 decision over the USA & will compete for 5th vs. Russia

Saturday, 02.01.2010 / 8:17 PM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Kristi Hennessy  - edmontonoilers.com
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World Juniors: Finns Fall to the USA
Five Oilers prospects are suiting up for their respective countries at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan from December 26, 2009 through January 5, 2010.

Things did not exactly go as planned for Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala for Finland tonight as they drop to the Americans 6-2. Neither Oilers prospect picked up any points tonight for Finland but Hartikainen got eight shots on net and Rajala got six on goaltender Mike Lee.

Although Finland outshot USA 44-25 and had more than enough chances to score, luck and bounces just weren't on their side. They have struggled with their goal scoring throughout the tournament and will need to reassess that if they hope to compete for a medal next year.

Finland drops out of the tournament with the loss tonight. They will now move on to compete for fifth and sixth position on Monday night against Russia.
In the early match tonight, Switzerland pulled off a huge 3-2 overtime win to upset the Russians.  The Swiss were outshot 52-31 in the match but it was the Russians coming up short unable to put the puck by Swiss goaltender Benjamin Conz.

It was Swiss forward Nino Niederreiter played the hero in the upset with a pair of goals including the overtime game-winner with 13.2 seconds left on the clock. He managed seven shots on net, was a +2 on the night and picked up the player of the game for Switzerland. Canada will now look forward their next challenge against Switzerland in the first semi-final game tomorrow afternoon while Russia will be competing for fifth and sixth positions with Finland. The Canadians beat the Swiss 6-0 in a Preliminary Round game and there were a few flared tempers in that game so we'll see what happens with these two teams again.

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OILERS PROSPECT STATS AT THE WJC:

Name Country GP G A PTS PIM +/- SOG
Jordan Eberle CANADA 4 5 5 10 2 +2 17
Teemu Hartikainen FINLAND 5 3 1 4 2 -2 22
Anton Lander SWEDEN 4 2 2 4 4 +2 10
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson SWEDEN 4 3 6 9 2 +6 18
Toni Rajala FINLAND 5 1 2 3 0 -1 21

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

(all times Mountain Standard - MST)

MEDAL ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

January 2 (Quarterfinals):

USA
6 vs. Finland 2- (Rajala: 6 sog, Hartikainen: 8 sog)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 3 (Semifinals):

Canada 
vs. Switzerland - 3:00 pm
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Sweden vs. USA - 7:00 pm
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 4 (5th Place game):

Finland 
vs. Russia - 7:00 pm
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 5 (Medal Games):

Bronze Medal Game - 2:00 pm

Gold Medal Game - 6:00 pm

ROUND ROBIN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

December 26:


Sweden 10 vs. Czech Republic 1 (Paajarvi-Svensson: 1g, 4a; Lander: 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 16 vs. Latvia 0 (Eberle: 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 27:

Sweden 7 vs. Austria 3 (Lander: 2a; Paajarvi-Svensson: 8 shots)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3 (Hartikainen: 1g, 7 shots)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 28:

Canada 6 vs. Switzerland 0 (Eberle: 1g, 4a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights | Eberle post-game interview

Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 29:

Sweden 4 vs. Russia 1 (Paajarvi-Svensson 1g, 2a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 2 (Eberle: 1a) 
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 30:

Finland
10 vs. Austria 1 (Rajala 1g, 2 a, Hartikainen 1 g, 1a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

December 31:

Sweden 7 vs. Finland 1- (Paajarvi-Svensson: 1g, Hartikainen: 1g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 5 vs. USA 4-SO (Eberle 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights | Jordan Eberle Interview

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