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Finland Takes Gold

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

American Hockey League

 

Austin Czarnik is in his first full AHL season and he's managed to make a smooth transition to the league from the NCAA level.  He has nine goals and 26 points in 27 contests with the Providence Bruins and is on a three-game point streak after recording three points on Sunday.  Joshua Leivo is also on a three-game point streak after picking up an assist in the Toronto Marlies' contest on Sunday.  That's brought him up to nine goals and 28 points in 33 games.  By contrast he had 32 points in 51 games last season.  Czarnik's Bruins teammate Alexander Khokhlachev is on a three-game point streak as well after scoring two goals and four points in Sunday's contest.  He has 11 goals and 29 points in 23 games in 2015-16.  Khokhlachev has also played in five games with the Boston Bruins this season, but the 22-year-old doesn't have a point yet at that level.  Brendan Ranford has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last five games.  He's up to 10 goals and 28 points in 37 games with the Texas Stars.

 

National Collegiate Athletic Association

 

Christian Frey was selected as the NCAA's first star of the week after allowing just two goals on 59 shots in back-to-back wins.  He now has a 2.46 GAA and .922 save percentage in eight games with Ohio State University this season.  Justin Danforth had two goals and three assists in two games over the weekend.  That gives him eight goals and 19 points in 19 contests with Sacred Heart University.  Nick Bligh had a big weekend too with two goals and five points in two contests.  The 22-year-old forward now has six goals and 11 points in 13 games with Dartmouth College.

 

World Junior Championships

 

For the second time in three years, Finland has gotten gold at the World Juniors.  That makes this the greatest stretch for Finland in the tournaments history as prior to 2014, their only victories game in 1987 and 1998.  They got to the top through a series of tough matches this year as the Finnish squad earned a 6-5 victory over Canada in the Quarterfinals, 2-1 win against Sweden in the Semifinals, and finally beat Russia 4-3 in overtime to secure the gold.

 

Jesse Puljujarvi led the charge for Finland with five goals and a tournament-leading 17 points in seven contests.  The 17-year-old has been playing in the SM-liiga this season and has five goals and 12 points in 31 contests.  Finland's Sebastian Aho was second in the tournament's scoring race with five goals and 14 points in seven games.  He was taken by Carolina with the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and currently has 10 goals and 21 points in 26 SM-liiga games.  Patrik Laine's efforts ensured that Finland took all of the top three spots.  Laine, 17, scored seven goals and registered six assists in seven contests.  After that Americans Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk rounded out the top-five with 11 points each.

Ryan Dadoun
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