Team Finland has earned a date with Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship after dropping a 3-1 decision to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round.
The Finns fell behind Canada by a 2-0 score on goals by Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville – QMJHL) and David Quenneville (Medicine Hat – WHL), then made things interesting in the third period when a blast from the point by Finland defenseman Robin Salo (Sport Vaasa – FIN) beat Canada goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke – QMJHL) to halve Canada’s lead with 5:16 left in the game. But the Finns failed to put any sustained pressure on Fitzpatrick the rest of the way, with Canada Player of the Game Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) eventually salting things away with an empty-net goal.
While his name appeared on the scoresheet for just a two-minute penalty incurred in the first period, Finland Player of the Game Otto Somppi nevertheless was a noticeable participant throughout the contest. Somppi is one of four players on Finland’s roster that competed in North America in 2015-16, with Somppi playing for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
Somppi spoke with Hockey’s Future following the loss to Canada, with that conversation included in this HF video.
Highlights from the Finland-Canada contest can be viewed below.
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