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Canada defeats Finland in World Junior pre-competition play

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The Canadian Press
12/20/2013 7:47:04 PM
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ANGELHOLM, Sweden -- Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist as Canada rallied to beat Finland 4-2 on Friday in a world junior hockey championship exhibition game.

Bo Horvat, Mathew Dumba and Aaron Ekblad also scored for Canada. Connor McDavid added two assists.

Finland opened the scoring at 8:34 of the first period on a goal from Juuso Ikonen, then Esa Lindell scored shorthanded at 12:45 to put the Finns up 2-0.

Canada made it 2-1 before the end of the first on Horvat's goal before tying the score just 25 seconds into the second when Dumba scored.

Ekblad gave Canada its first lead of the game at 14:43 of the second before Mantha added some insurance two minutes into the third.

Canada starter Zach Fucale stopped 11-of-13 shots, steadying his play after a rough start.

Ville Husso stopped 20 shots for Finland.

Canada was 0-for-1 on the power play while Finland was 0-for-6.

Canada's second of three exhibition games is Sunday against Sweden in Angelholm.

The world junior championship starts Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden. Canada plays Germany in its opener.

 



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