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.
The Finns will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon against Germany (11 a.m. MT), while Slovakia will take on Canada in primetime on Tuesday
evening (7 p.m. MT).