RED DEER, Alta. – Tuomas Uronen and Emil Järventie led the way with three points each as Finland stepped up to beat the United States 4-1 on Monday in its second game in the preliminary round of the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
The Finns came into the match-up having lost their first game, a 4-3 shootout defeat to Czechia, while the Americans were coming off an 8-1 drubbing of Germany.
The U.S. opened the scoring early with a quick tally from Quentin Musty on the power play just 2:53 into the game. Järventie was able to sneak a quick backhand by U.S. goaltender Calvin Vachon minutes later, tying the game at 1-1. But the Americans found themselves in penalty trouble and were forced to spend much of the first period on the penalty kill.
Despite having a goal called back in the second, Finland took a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Maxim Eliseev and Uronen.
Uronen scored again on a beautiful set up by Järventie just past the midway point of the third as Finland extended the lead to 4-1. Järventie finished the night with two goals and an assist to take Player of the Game honours.
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