Canada’s junior team is holding onto its early lead in the quarter-final game against Finland at the world junior hockey championship.
Canada leads 3-2 in the second period, with Mackenzie Blackwood in goal.
Travis Konecny gave Canada the all-important opening goal early in the first period. Minutes later, Dylan Strome added another for Canada.
Just before the end of the first period, Patrik Laine slid a shot through Blackwood’s pads, to the cheers of the Helsinki crowd.
As the second period got underway, Finland’s Antti Kalapudas tied it up with a wrist shot over Mackenzie’s glove. Then, minutes after referees denied Canada a close goal attempt, Canada scored again, this time with a shot from Lawson Crouse.
This is Blackwood’s third start of the tournament. He missed the first two games as he completed an eight-game suspension from the Ontario Hockey League.
Canada’s juniors struggled in the preliminary round, earning a win, two losses, and a shootout win. The team must win this game to move on.