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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