In a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, Team Finland sent the hometown fans home happy after defeating Canada, 6-5, in a quarterfinal matchup at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki sends the Finns into a semi-final clash with their neighbors and archrivals, Sweden.
As has been the case through much of this tournament, Finland’s first line of Jesse Puljujarvi (2016), Sebastian Aho (CAR) and Patrik Laine (2016) were the difference makers against Canada, with that line connecting for three of the six goals scored by the Finns. Laine netted two goals in the win, with Aho picking up the third goal for that line while Puljujarvi picked up two assists. In all, the line picked up eight points on the night.
Two members of the supporting cast of forwards for Finland at this tournament are Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) and Juho Lammikko (FLA). Kapanen has picked up a goal and an assist while Lammikko has been more of a utility player for the Finns at this WJC. The two players spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over Canada, with those conversations being captured in this HF video.
Highlights from the Finland-Canada game can be viewed below.
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