The first period proved to be the Kristian Vesalainen show. Just eight minutes in, Vesalainen got the first goal of the contest when he beat David Hrenak over the glove. A few minutes later, he scored a very similar goal, this time giving Finland the 2-0 lead. A prospect with HIFK in Finland, the 15-year-old still has to wait until 2017 to hear his name called at the NHL draft, but he should be an early selection when the day finally does come.

Finland would grab the three goal lead 7:56 into the second. Ilves prospect Joona Koppanen got his first point of the tournament, turning Juha Jääskä’s pass into a goal to make it 3-0. Slovakia would get their only goal of the game on the power-play about six minutes later when Samuel Solensky recorded just the second Slovak goal of the tournament. The excitement didn’t last for long, as Vesalainen recorded the hat-trick just 13 seconds later to make it 4-1 Finland.

Finland scored their fifth and final goal of the game just three minutes into the second. With Slovakia’s Martin Krempasky sitting in the box for holding the stick, Tarmo Reunanen made it 5-1 to finish off the dominant Finnish victory. The win meant that the Finns, who sit with a 2-1-1-0 record after four games, will move onto the semi-finals on Friday, while Slovakia will play in a placement game instead.

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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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