Finland on the board at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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Things are starting to tighten up in the group B standings at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The only team left without a loss is Canada red after Finland came away with a 6-3 win over Russia this afternoon.

Despite the play being controlled by the Russians at the start of the game it was Finland who opened the scoring at the 12:24 mark of the first. Nearly a minute and a half later they increased their lead to two.

The second resulted in an explosion of goals at both ends of the ice. Five goals were scored in the frame in a span of eight and a half minutes. Finland led 4-3 after 40 minutes.

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The Finns tightened up defensively in the third period and eventually restored their two goal lead just past the six minute mark. Russia was unable to draw closer after a few power play opportunities, and the game was eventually put away by Finland’s Kristian Vesalainen.

Both teams will enter the final day of group B action with records of 1-1. Finland will play Sweden in the afternoon at 2:30, while Russia will take on Canada red at 7 p.m.

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