The Czech Republic dominated Finland 5-1 today in the 5th place game of the U20 World Junior Championships to end Finland's tournament in disappointing fashion. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius went the distance allowing 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss.
Helenius, who missed almost the entire 2006-2007 season with shoulder surgery, finished the tournament 2-2-0 with 1 shutout, a 3.36 GAA, and a slightly horrific .864 save percentage.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
The Hurricanes had lost 4 of their last 5 games.
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 4
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Win, Stopped 17 of 18 shots
Jung has started 3 straight games for Kelowna, going 2-1 in that time. His loss in that streak was to Vancouver, 5-2. This was his 50th WHL appearance.
Finland's medal hopes at the U20 World Junior Championships came to an end today as they lost their semifinal matchup with Canada 4-2. Riku Helenius rode the bench as Harri Sateri played well in the game holding the Canadians to 3 goals on 32 shots.
Finland will now play in the 5th place game tomorrow against the Czech Republic.
Finally, the Lightning manage 3 goals support for Ramo and they get a point out of the deal. It isn't rocket science.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 29 shots before getting roughed up in the extra session to take the penalty shot loss.
Tampa Bay 13:29, Andreas Karlsson 1 (Jan Hlavac, Shane O'Brien)
Toronto 3:23, Jason Blake 6 (Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 9:39, Mats Sundin 18 (Jason Blake)
Tampa Bay 10:08, Martin St. Louis 14 (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Toronto 17:27, Hal Gill 2 (Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina)
Tampa Bay 19:19, Paul Ranger 7 (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Team USA scored 5 unanswered goals before surrendering a 3 spot in garbage time but still cruising to a 5-3 win over Team Finland in both teams' final game of the round robin at the U20 World Junior Championships.
Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius allowed all 5 goals on 20 shots before being pulled midway through the game for backup Harri Sateri who stopped 9 of 9 shots the rest of the way. Helenius drops to 2-1-0 on the tournament with a 3.11 GAA, 1 shutout, and .873 save percentage.
Finland faces the hard test of a quarterfinal matchup with Team Canada on Wednesday to try to keep their medal hopes alive.