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.
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.