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Team USA falls to Finland at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Despite the early lead, Team USA drops to a 1-1 record at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

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RED DEER, Alberta — Team USA entered the second game of the preliminary round at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup coming off of a dominating win against Germany on Monday. Their game two opponent, Finland, came in hungry for their first win after falling in their opening game against Czechia 4-3 in a shootout.

In the first period, Team USA got things going early with a power play goal from Quentin Musty at 2:53 for the early 1-0 lead. Finland would come back to tie things up five minutes later as Emil Järventie found the back of the net. USA's penalty kill stepped up big in the final seven minutes of the first as they found themselves down a man four different times in that span, but kept Finland off the board.

Come the second period, it was all Finland. Maxim Eliseev gave Finland their first lead of the night at 7:57, and eight minutes later it would be Tuomas Uronen on the power play to extend their lead to 3-1.

Finland kept their foot on the gas in the third as it was Tuomas Uronen once again at 11:44 to net his second of the night. Finland went on to win 4-1, and Team USA fell to a 1-1 record.

USA will play again Wednesday at 12:00 CST against Czechia.

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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