Finland is seeking its first title since Switzerland is guaranteed to finish in the top four for the first time in nine years. Here are the results from Friday's semifinal games and a look at the championship schedule.
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Finland 8 p. ET Finland beats Switzerland Finland wasted no time asserting its dominance over Switzerland, cruising to a victory and securing a spot in Saturday's championship game against the United States. It took fewer than eight minutes into the first period for Finland to take a lead.
Jesse Ylonen kicked off the scoring barrage just 40 seconds after the opening faceoff. Rasmus Kapuri was right on his heels with three points.
Finland had a shot advantage over Switzerland. This was a stunning turn of events for Switzerland goalie Luca Hollenstein, who had a save shutout against Sweden in the quarterfinals.
He got pulled Friday night after allowing four goals on eight shots. After a big win in the semifinal, Finland gets its chance at revenge against Team USA on the biggest stage possible.
The United States won the previous game between these two countries in the final day of Group B action on Dec. Finland was able to keep the score close for the first 30 minutes until Tyler Madden and Ryan Poehling blew it open with two goals in the span of five minutes.
A different result Saturday will give Finland its third title since and fifth overall. Wahlstrom got the United States on the board with remaining in the first period after a lackluster attempt by the Russians to clear the puck out of their zone.
Dylan Samberg swiped the puck and passed it ahead to Logan Cockerill, who set up his fellow New York Islanders prospect for the goal. The defenseman knocked the potential game-tying goal away from the net after it squeaked past Primeau to preserve the United States' lead.
This game did nothing to quiet the expectations for Primeau, who has emerged as a star prospect after being a seventh-round pick by the Montreal Canadiens in Facebook Logo.