(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Denmark, faces showdown with Canada

By Ken McKenna
Juuso Valimaki - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Juuso Valimaki played his first season with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL in 2015-16, scoring seven goals and 32 points in 56 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



Team Finland played a strong, 60-minute game and was able to overcome an equally strong goaltending performance by Denmark’s Kasper Krog to defeat the Danes by a 4-1 score at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Eeli Tolvanen was the scoring star for Finland in the win, posting the final two goals of the game for the Finns. Janne Kuokkanen and Eetu Tuulola netted the other goals for Finland, with Aapeli Rasanen picking up two assists as the Finns other multi-point player in this contest. Goaltender Leevi Laakso didn’t have much to do with Denmark putting just 10 shots on goal, but he stayed sharp enough to get the win.

While he failed to register any points in the win, Finland captain Juuso Valimaki played a smooth and steady game while posting a +1 rating on the night. Valimaki, a defenseman for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft as a late 98-born player.

Valimaki spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over Denmark, with his comments being included in this HF video.

Highlights from the Finland-Denmark game can be viewed below.

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