When last the two countries met in a high level junior competition, Team USA defeated Team Finland in overtime by a 2-1 score to win the gold medal at the 2015 U18 World Championship. Roughly four months later, Finland was able to exact a bit of revenge for that loss by defeating the USA by a 5-1 score on the first day of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Finland came out hot from the opening puck drop, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on goals by defenseman Otto Makinen, forwards Eetu Tuulola and Robin Salo, and defenseman Otto Somppi. Makinen added a second goal in the second period and finished the game with three points. Somppi and Tuulola each registered two points, as did forward Janne Kuokkanen.
Another Finn who registered a point on the day was forward Aapeli Rasanen, who assisted on the goal scored by Somppi. Rasanen is not a stranger to international competition as he has represented Finland on the world stage before, most recently at last year’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Rasanen competes in Finland for the Tappara organization where he is expected to play for the U20 squad at the Junior A level in 2015-16.
Rasanen took some time after the win over the USA to speak with Hockey’s Future, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
— Chapin Landvogt (@Csomichapin) August 10, 2015
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