VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, B.C./Calgary, WHL) scored twice in the first period and
added the clincher in the shootout as Pacific held off a comeback attempt to earn a 5-4 win over Finland on
Tuesday night and stay alive in the semifinal race at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The overtime final means three teams – Finland, Pacific and Russia – enter the last day of preliminary
round play on Wednesday tied at four points, although Pacific holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the
other two teams.
Ryan Graham (Calgary, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL) and Reid Duke (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL) had the other
goals in regulation, and Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) joined Virtanen as shootout scorers
for Pacific, which led 4-1 with 14 minutes to go before the Finns rattled off three goals in 6:13 to force
Brandon Hickey (Leduc, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) finished with two assists, while Payton Lee (Cranbrook,
B.C./Vancouver, WHL) turned aside 29 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime, then went two-for-two in the
Aleksi Saarela, Teemu Lämsä, Joel Kiviranta and Kasperi Kapanen scored the goals for Finland, which is
trying to qualify for the semifinals for the first time since the 1995 tournament in Moncton, N.B., when it
Saarela opened the scoring at 8:55 of the first period, but the Finns found themselves in a two-goal hole
less than three minutes later thanks to Virtanen’s two goals and one from Graham.
Pacific finishes off its preliminary round schedule Wednesday night when it faces West in an all-Canadian
match-up in Victoriaville (7:30 p.m. ET), while the Finns take on Russia in the matinee at the Colisée (1:30
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