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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Maatta Held Scoreless in Final World Cup Preliminary Match

As the World Cup of Hockey preliminary rounds come to an end Olli Maatta's Team Finland took on Mike Sullivan's Team USA in Tuesday's only action.

Olympic Hero Returns to Glory:

Playing on his home ice, 2014 Sochi hero TJ Oshie opened up scoring at the Verizon Center to give the United States a lead it never relinquished.  Starting with his goal early in the 1st period, an in tight snipe on Pekka Rinne, it was all Team USA for the first two periods.

Team USA's two other goal scorers were the kind of depth goal scoring they'll need for them to have any hope of advancing to a World Cup of Hockey championship: Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan.

Finland had a few chances throughout the game, one that continued to see Team USA attack in an overly physical and often borderline fashion, but never capitalized until the 3rd period when this year's 2nd overall pick, Patrik Laine, got Team Finland on the board.

Finland's scoring finished (Finnished?) with former Penguin Jussi Jokinen pulling the Finns within one with just under five minutes left in the contest.

That would be all of the scoring in the game as Jonathan Quick would shut the door on the Finns the rest of the way.

Other Notes:

Preliminary action finishes up on Wednesday with three games, two of which take place on Consol Energy Center ice.  Team Czech Republic will take on Team North America at 3:30 in Pittsburgh and ESPN3.  Team Sweden and Team Europe will face off at 7:00pm on ESPN3 down in DC at Verizon Center.  Finally the match up of the night, Team Canada vs Team Russia will see Malkin and Crosby take the ice against one another at Consol Energy Center at 7:30pm.  The game will be shown on ESPN2.

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