As the old saying goes: “What is old is new.”
Like Monday’s first World Junior Championship semi-final, which saw Canada and Russia battle for a spot in the gold medal game, the United States and Finland are a rivalry. with history. Two years ago, the Finns beat the Americans in the gold medal game when Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko scored the goal with 1:26 on the clock. Finland launched a shutout last year to send the Americans home in the quarterfinals and dash their hopes of a fifth straight year with a medal.
Eight players return from last year’s squad for the United States (Bobby Brink, Cole Caufield, Arthur Kaliyev, Spencer Knight, Alex Turcotte, Dustin Wolf, Cam York and Trevor Zegras), while Knight was one the three goalkeepers in 2019. Finland has five returning players from 2020 (Santeri Hatakka, Ville Heinola, Mikko Kokkonen, Kari Piiroinen and Aku Raty); Heinola and Anton Lundell, who missed last year with injury, also won gold two years ago.
“I imagine the guys who played in the tournament last year might have a chip in their shoulder about this. And certainly, we hope to use that to our advantage,” said the United States head coach. United Nick Leaman Monday afternoon.
The United States enter the game after a quarter-final victory on Saturday night over Slovakia. While the final score was 5-2, it was tight until John Farinacci scored his second goal of the game, a beauty from a backhand backhand, in the third. Matthew Beniers froze him with an empty net.
Trevor Zegras had two assists and took the lead in tournament scoring from Canadian Dylan Cozens with 15 points (Cozens passed him on Monday in Canada’s semi-final victory). This total also places it in the list of American individual tournaments, linking it to Hall of Famer Mike Modano (1989). Zegras now has nine assists, which matches his count (and total points) from last year and places him one point behind Jeremy Roenick for second on the career points list of the US World Junior Championships. Hockey.
Knight was once again solid in the net as he stoned the Slovaks on an uncomfortable number of shots from the slot machine. The Slovaks ‘first goal, by Matej Kaslik at the end of the second period, ended the Americans’ shutout streak with a junior world record of 218: 53. Knight and Dustin Wolf combined for 245: 07 of time. white with a goalie in the net. Knight will be back between the pipes for the United States against Finland.
Patrick Moynihan, who missed his second straight game on Saturday due to injury, will also be back. The Devils prospect took a late, high (and, many would say, dirty) blow against Austria (the player was suspended two games for the coup) and was knocked down against the Czechs. He will be a welcome addition to the roster as the Americans face a strong Finnish side under Lundell (seven points) and an impressive core of Topi Niemela (a Leafs prospect who also has seven points), Jets prospect Heinola. and Hatakka. The Americans beat Finland 3-2 in their only tournament tune-up.
“I don’t think it’s a different team,” said Leaman, who mentioned his team watched the Canada-Finland game on New Year’s Eve and noted that Canada played a similar style to the Americans. “I definitely went back and watched this game [Sunday] and I’ve watched a few of their other games, but the teams are growing throughout the tournament. You play four games in seven days and you will improve; I hope your weaknesses will not be so weak. “
In this exhibition game, the teams traded power-play goals before Cole Caufield scored two. Finland enter this match after a last-minute victory over Scandinavian rivals Sweden.
“They are a pesky team,” Leaman said. “They stay. They have a really good power play, they have the second best power play in the tournament. [the USA is No. 1]. So I think the discipline of our team will be very important. I think puck management will be important. I think trying to get them to play in their zone as much as possible will be important. “
Sporting News gets all the action as the United States and Finland battle for a spot in the gold medal game against Canada.
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USA score vs Finland, highlights from the 2021 Junior World Semifinals
11:46 p.m. – GOAL PP. Roni Hirvonen knocks the puck on the door and hits it. Match tied 3-3.
11:45 p.m. – Henry Thrun tries to get away but he enters the stands. Finland gets a power play. Great moment in this game.
23:38 – Ville Heinola with good luck but Spencer Knight eats her.
11:35 p.m. – Brink, Farinacci and Berard’s high-energy line draws closer just after giving up the goal.
11:34 p.m. – GOAL. Kasper Simontaival gets his second of the game as he sneaks up and is open for goal. The United States leads 3-2.
11:32 p.m. – After a quick transition, the United States has a 3-1 but Slaggert hits the outside of the net.
11:31 p.m. – Just over 11 minutes left and Bobby Brink gets a good look, then go Finns.
11:29 p.m. – Great slaughter for the Americans. Finland didn’t really get any looks.
11:26 p.m. – Cole Caufield tries to chop it off, but instead he shatters it over the glass and will sit there for two. Nate Leaman is not happy because he knows Finland’s power play is good.
11:22 p.m. – Big stampede in front of Spencer Knight but he is on top because his defense helps to get the final clearance. Finland gets looks early.
11:19 p.m. – Final frame. Two-goal game. Cole Caufield has a good chance in under 15 seconds.
Second period: USA 3, Finland 1
11:00 p.m. – The Americans control the game for most of the last two minutes and well after, but cannot add another.
10:56 p.m. – GOAL PP. Cole Caufield quickly to Trevor Zegras in the high lunge and puts Matthew Boldy’s stick on for the redirect goal. The United States leads 3-1.
10:54 p.m. – Finland take a double-minor seconds after the goal and the Americans, who have the best power play in the tournament (Finns # 2) will get to work.
10:53 p.m. – GOAL. The Finns completely lose track of John Farinacci and he sneaks up behind the defense, breaks in and scores. The United States leads 2-1.
22:52 – A couple of blockers save by Kari Piiroinen.
10:51 p.m. – Cole Caufield and Trevor Zegras on a 2v1 but don’t even get a shot as Caufield’s pass is blocked.
10:50 p.m. – Matthew Boldy points a shot from the point just off. Good pressure from the United States after the penalty.
10:50 p.m. – Americans kill the penalty.
10:49 p.m. – Spencer Knight reads the game so well and stops a clock from the left circle by Kasper Puutio.
10:46 p.m. – Another American penalty. Finland is 1 to 2 with the man advantage. US head coach Nate Leaman wanted his guys to be disciplined and so far that hasn’t happened.
10:44 p.m. – Halfway through regulation and it’s 1-1, with Finland edging the United States 16-11.
10:43 p.m. – John Farinacci created a 2 on 1 but was stopped on his shot from the left circle by the edge of Kari Piiroinen’s far arm. Superb shot of Farinacci.
10:40 p.m. – The Americans are starting to buzz and get an offensive zone hour.
10:35 p.m. – The Americans with a good D as the Finns launch into the streak. Then the United States goes the other way and once again a good defense of the Finns. The teams also exchanged no-calls.
10:30 p.m. – The middle frame is a go. The United States beat their opponents 13-4 in the second half of the tournament.
First period: USA 1, Finland 1
10:11 p.m. – Penalty killed, but seconds later, Spencer Knight performs a pad save then a blocker save on a float.
10:08 p.m. – Another numerical advantage for Finland. Not good.
10:03 p.m. – GOAL PP. And just like that, it’s a draw. What a nice passing game: Ville Heinola to Anton Lundell to Kasper Simontaival, who ends up in the empty net while Spencer Knight cannot pass. Match tied 1-1.
10:02 p.m. – Now is not the perfect time to take a penalty. Sam Colangelo called to cut. Finland have a big power play.
10 p.m. – OBJECTIVE. Arthur Kaliyev brings the puck up front and Alex Turcotte is able to get past the defender to bury him in front of Kari Piiroinen, who was slightly out of position. The USA leads 1-0.
9:59 p.m. – The Americans burst and Alex Turcotte hits the trailer in the slot but the shot is stopped.
9:52 p.m. – Matthew Beniers is on fire, creating chances left and right.
9:47 p.m. – Six minutes later, the Finns have five shots against two for the Americans.
9.45 p.m. – Lacrosse-goal attempt by Trevor Zegras.
9:43 p.m. – Finland gets a few hits that Spencer Knight eats easily.
9:38 p.m. – Just 26 seconds later, Matthew Beniers steals the puck and Cole Caufield has a point blank shot. Like Canada, the United States is doing strong.
9:38 p.m. – Game on. The winner gets Canada.
Before the match
9:04 p.m. – Lines. Roby Jarventie (OTT) out of the roster for Finland.
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