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2014 World Juniors: The End of Prelims

Wednesday, 01.1.2014 / 12:30 PM CT / News
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators
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2014 World Juniors: The End of Prelims

On Tuesday afternoon, host Sweden took to the ice against Russia in their final game of the preliminary round.

Sweden started things off early with a goal just 3:29 into the opening frame, but a back-and-forth affair through the final 40 minutes would eventually see the Swedes come out on top, 3-2. Filip Forsberg did not record a point in the victory, but the Swedes’ captain posted a +1 rating and led his team with five shots on goal.

Forsberg remains one of the tournament’s most prolific scorers, with seven points (1g-6a) in four preliminary games. With the victory, Tre Kronor secured the top seed going into the quarterfinal round.

In the late game for Group B on Tuesday, Finland and Switzerland would need extra time to determine a winner.

Things began to heat up with a minute remaining in the first period, as both teams traded goals to close out the frame. The Swiss would tally two goals in the first nine minutes of the second period, but the Suomi pulled back within one when they scored just 10 seconds after Switzerland’s third goal.

Preds prospect Saku Maenalanen would play hero for his home country, scoring the game-tying goal 35 seconds into the third period. The score would remain tied through the end of regulation and overtime, before the Swiss prevailed in a seven-round shootout.

Maenalanen posted five points (4g-1a) through the Finns’ four preliminary round games to tie for the tournament lead in goal scoring.

The United States and Canada squared off on Wednesday night in what has become a New Year’s Eve tradition at the World Juniors.

After a scoreless first period, the U.S. and Canada traded goals in the middle frame, including a shorthanded goal for the Americans. The Canadians would tally two quick goals to open the final frame, while the U.S. mustered a late goal, but the effort was all for naught as they fell, 3-2.

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