Johan Harju had an assist and 1 shot on goal in 14:05, but it was not enough as Latvia upset Sweden 3-2 in penalty shots. Martins Karsums had a power play assist and scored on his attempt in the shootout session. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton property Linus Omark had 2 assists and 4 shots on goal in 16:15.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 19 shots in Finland's 5-1 win over Denmark.
Martin St. Louis had a hat trick and an assist to boot as Team Canada destroyed Hungary 9-0. St. Louis led the Canadians, who outshot Hungary 51-16 in the match, with 11 shots on goal, followed by fellow Lightning star Steven Stamkos who was scoreless despite registering 8 shots on goal in the game. You get the feeling St. Louis, who is wearing an assitant captain's "A" for Canada, along with Stamkos are approaching this tournament aggressively as a springboard for next season.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/23
WHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Finals
Vancouver Giants 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
Best of 7 series tied 2-2
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 3-7-10, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
Vancouver had 8 shots on goal in a scoreless first period, then managed just 6 (4, 2) the rest of the game for 14 total. Thatâ€™s not the effort you want when you can sweep a team on the road and bring a 3-1 lead back home to potentially close out the series. As it was, Minnesota native Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped those 14 shots for a shutout and Jamie Benn (Stars) had a goal and an assist to lead the Rockets to a 34-14 shot advantage and a 3-0 win. Game 5 is Saturday in Vancouver.