A three point performance from Miro Aaltonen helped Team Finland steamroll to a 5-1 victory over Team Latvia. Unfortunately for Finland, Miro Aaltonen suffered an ankle injury that will prematurely end his time at this year’s World Juniors.
Aaltonen’s injury occured when he collided with Latvia’s Pauls Zvirbulis. It’s an awful injury that reminds me a lot of when Taylor Hall got into a fight with Columbus’ Derek Dorsett.
A member of Finland’s SM-liiga, Aaltonen lead Team Finland with two first period goals that were scored just over three minutes apart. Aaltonen would later have a late assist in the second period on a goal by Rasmus Ristolainen. Ristolainen would finish with two points.
A two point day was also had by Team Finland’s winger Joel Armia. Armia was the first round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in 2011. He had two assists on the day.
Latvia’s lone goal was scored by Nikolajs Jelisejevs
- Finland netminder Joonas Korpisalo wasn’t too awfully busy, but was reliable when needed. Korpisalo made 11 saves on 12 shots. Latvia’s netminder Elvis Merzlikins was a lot busier, stopping 39 of 44.
- Latvia was in the box eight times. As a result, Finland was able to connect twice on eight attempts. Finland was also penalized eight times, yet Latvia was unable to put one by Korpisalo.
- Finland’s road to the medal round got a lot harder with the loss of Miro Aaltonen. Aaltonen has 16 points in 32 games with the Blues fo the SM-liiga.
- Team Finland’s next opponent is Team Czech Republic on Friday at 12:30 AM (2:30 Eastern). Team Latvia will face off against Switzerland on Thursday at 5:00 AM (7 Eastern).
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