Despite the loss, the Finns’ Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine put on a display and showed the world why they are highly touted prospects and potential top 5 picks in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.
This was a fast paced game with a little bit of everything. Special teams proved to be the difference for the Russians to earn the victory.
Sebastian Aho would get things started as he put the Finns up 1-0 with helpers going to Puljujarvi and Laine 4:13 into the game.
It would take less than two minutes for the Russians to get the equalizer. Kirill Kaprizov fired home the first of the Russian’s powerplay goals on the day.
Laine would put the Finns back on top at 18:53 of the period as he was set up by Puljujarvi. The period would end with the Finns holding a 2-1 lead and a 12-8 advantage in shots.
Just 21 seconds into the period Russia’s Yegor Rykov took a tripping penalty. It took just 33 seconds with the man advantage for Puljujarvi and Laine to set up Aleksi Saarela and a 3-1 lead for the Finns.
The Russians would then score 4 goals in just over 7 minutes.
The Russians would kill off a second penalty and then their third of the period proved costly – for the Finns as Andrei Svetlakov would score short handed.
Pavel Kraskovski would score on the powerplay to tie the score at 3 at 12:29 of the period. Vladislav Kamenen would add another powerplay marker at 15:28 to put the Russians up for good. At 16:05 Alexander Polunin would get the Russian’s first 5 on 5 goal and it would prove to be the game winner.
Saarela would pull the Finns back within one 11:18 into the third period but it wasn’t enough as Radel Fazleyev ended the scoring 2:46 later.