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Salomaki Keys Finland's Upset Win Over Team USA

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 6:29 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Salomaki Keys Finland\'s Upset Win Over Team USA
Preds prospects Austin Watson and Miikka Salomaki went head-to-head on Day 3 of the 2012 World Junior Championships as Team Finland scored three times in the third period to upset Team USA, 4-1. Both teams moved to 1-1-0 in the tournament with two more games remaining in round robin play.

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Salomaki scored the game's opening goal 1:21 into the second period, his first goal of the tournament. A second round pick by the Preds in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Salomaki has been a steady scorer in the Finnish Elite League and is expected to play a top scoring role for Finland in this tournament.

The US tied the game 19 seconds into the third period, but Finland scored two goals in 29 seconds midway through the frame to build a lead and then sealed the win with another score with 3:33 left to play. Salomaki's normal linemate Joel Armia netted two of the three third period goals for Finland and Salomaki ended the game with a +2 plus/minus rating to go along with his goal.

Austin Watson did not figure on the scoresheet for Team USA, but had an "even" plus/minus rating and three shots on goal.

Both teams are off tomorrow before playing back-to-back games to close out the Preliminary Round. The US faces Czech Republic on Friday and Canada on Saturday. Finland faces Denmark on Friday and Czech Republic on Saturday.

Three teams from each group (Group A and Group B) advance to the single-elimination tournament. The Winner of each pool earns a bye into the Semifinals, while the No. 2 seed in Group A faces the No. 3 seed in Group B and the No. 3 seed in Group A faces the No. 2 seed in Group B in Quarterfinals action.

Pre-tournament, Canada, Finland, and the US were projected to earn the top three seeds in Group B. Group A features favorites Russia and Sweden along with Latvia, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 8 2 4 2 6
S. Weber 8 2 3 -3 5
R. Johansen 8 2 3 1 5
R. Josi 8 0 4 -3 4
M. Ekholm 8 2 1 1 3
J. Neal 8 2 1 -2 3
F. Forsberg 8 1 2 -4 3
M. Fisher 8 2 0 -4 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 8 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 4 0 .915 2.53
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00