Finland has taken the lead in a nail-biter quarter-final match against Canada at the world junior hockey championship.
The score is now 4-3 after the second period.
Travis Konecny gave Canada the early lead in the first period. Minutes later, Dylan Strome added another for Canada.
Just before the end of the first period, Finland’s Patrik Laine slid a shot through Mackenzie Blackwood’s pads, to the cheers of the Helsinki home crowd.
As the second period got underway, Finland’s Antti Kalapudas got a breakaway and tied it up with a wrist shot over Blackwood’s glove. Then, minutes after referees denied Canada a close goal attempt, Canada scored again, this time with a shot from Lawson Crouse.
That prompted Finland to pull goalie Veinie Vehvilainen in favour of Kaapo Kahkonen. Shortly after, Canada was handed a penalty for slashing, allowing Finland to get in back-to-back goals on the power play, giving Finland the lead.
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.