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.
Marc Denis definitely not Norfolk's savior.
Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 26 shots for the loss in his Norfolk debut. He did manage to stop a Connor James penalty shot in the second period.
WBS Brent, (6) (McLean, Goligoski), 4:38
WBS Minard, (12) (Goligoski, Brent), 17:06
WBS Smith, (10) (Goligoski, James), 4:21
NOR Milley, (9) (Kearns), 9:41
WBS James, (7) (Ardelan), 16:34
NOR Klinkhammer, (4) (Smolenak, Mihalik), 3:31
NOR Jancevski, (3) (Smolenak), 4:35 (PP)
WBS Minard, (13) (McLean, Brent), 8:45 (PP)
WBS Filewich, (6) (Goligoski), 16:42
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Luca Cunti was held off the scoresheet for the first time today, but the Chicago Steel still defeated the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 4-2. Cunti was +1 with 2 shots on goal in the game.