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.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in regulation and overtime before defeating Switzerland in the penalty shot session to even Finland's record at 1-1 in the U20 World Junior Championships.
NHL Network to televise 2008 World Junior Championships
Dec 19, 2007
New York, NY -- NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, today announced it has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26, 2007 â€“ Jan. 5, 2008. The upcoming tournament marks the first time the World Junior Championship will be telecast live on NHL Network in the United States. NHL Network in the U.S. will televise live coverage of the entire medal round of the 2008 World Junior Championship, including both quarterfinal games, both semifinal contests, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game. All games will be televised in HD and will receive at least one primetime re-air on the network.
Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.
Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.
Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.