With their third straight 3-1 win at the Under 18 World Hockey Championships, Canada has finished with a perfect record heading into the playoff round.

Facing off against top prospect Jesse Puljujärvi, Pascal Laberge found a way to get the Canadians up a goal first. Seven minutes into the contest, Laberge fired one past Finnish netminder Leevi Laakso from a nearby face-off circle to make it 1-0 Canada.

David Quenneville made it 2-0 five minutes after that. The patient defenseman, who has found the net twice already in the tournament, took a wild slap shot from the point that beat Laakso and in for the two goal advantage.

No goals would be scored in the second, but Finland would find a way to beat Evan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, who played very strong in a 3-1 win over the Czech’s earlier in the week, made 26 saves in the contest, including a bunch of big ones. However, Eetu Tuulola redirected a point shot past Fitzpatrick with just 5:16 remaining on the clock, giving Finland a chance late in the game.

Finland would lead puck possession in the period, but that wouldn’t help them in the end. With 36.6 seconds to go, Tyson Jost would win a race down the ice for the puck before tapping it in the empty cage, giving Canada the 3-1 victory to finish off the preliminary round.

With the win, Canada will play either Russia or Switzerland on Thursday in the quarter-finals, with a time to be determined later on Tuesday.

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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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