Despite the renewed brilliance of Latvian goalkeeper Patriks Berzins, Finland won 3-0 on Thursday in Moncton to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Junior Hockey Championship.
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Berzins said no 26 times this time. Tuesday, in a 3-2 shootout loss to Switzerland, Berzins blocked 27 pucks. The day before, he had made 41 saves to limit the United States to five goals in a backhand.
Jani Nyman, Niko Huuhtanen and Konsta Kapanen – the latter in an empty cage – were the scorers. Jani Lampinen meanwhile had a 31-save shutout. Montreal Canadiens prospect Oliver Kapanen was cleared of the scoresheet.
The Latvians will absolutely have to beat Slovakia on Friday to keep their chances of continuing their journey in this World Cup.
Meanwhile, Silvers defender Lazarenoks saw his tournament end prematurely due to a lower body injury sustained on Tuesday.