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2013 WJC Blog: Day 8

Wednesday, 01.2.2013 / 3:13 PM ET
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2013 World Junior Championship Blog
2013 World Junior Championship
Team Finland Schedule
12/26 Latvia W 5-1
12/28 Czech Republic L 1-3
12/30 Switzerland W 5-4 (SO)
12/31 Sweden L 4-7
1/2^ Germany W 8-0
1/4^ Slovakia 8:00 a.m.
^ Relegation Round
Ville Pokka and Team Finland took a big step toward avoiding relegation Wednesday by beating Germany 8-0. The Islanders blue line prospect netted a pair of goals in the game, and along with defensive partner Petteri Lindbohm, posted a game-high plus-5 rating on his way to being named Finland's best player.

The Finns held a 1-0 lead after the first period and extended the lead to three goals in the middle frame. In the third, with the score 4-0, Pokka blasted a slap shot from the right circle through traffic to make the score 5-0. Later in the period, he one-timed a feed from the other side past German goaltender Marvin Cupper to make it 7-0.

Finland’s next game will be Jan. 4 when they take on Slovakia.
 
BOX SCORE - FINLAND 8 GERMANY 0


Scroll to the 3:19 mark to watch Pokka's first goal, and the 4:20 mark to watch the second goal.


2013 World Junior Championship
Playoff Round Schedule
1/3* Canada vs. USA 4:00 a.m.
1/3* Sweden vs. Russia 8:00 a.m.
1/4** Czech Republic vs. Switzerland 8:00 a.m.
1/5*** TBD vs. TBD 4:00 a.m.
1/5**** TBD vs. TBD 8:00 a.m.
* Semifinals
** Placement round (5th/6th)
*** Bronze Medal Game
**** Gold Medal Game

Team USA knocked off the Czech Republic 7-0 Wednesday, setting up a semifinal rematch between the Americans and Team Canada. Team USA forward John Gaudreau netted a hat trick, with all goals coming on the man advantage. By the end of the game, the US side lit the lamp five times on the power play.

The other quarterfinal matchup saw Russia outlast Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout. After scoring the game-tying goal with 1:39 left in the third period, Russia forward Nikita Kucherov beat Switzerland goalie Melvin Nyffeler in the fifth round to send the Russians to a meeting with Sweden in the semifinal.

BOX SCORE - USA 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 0
BOX SCORE - RUSSIA 4 SWITZERLAND 3 (SO)


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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