WJC roundup: Lundell, Simontaival spark Finland


Sunday is the third day of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.


Day 3 games

Finland 4, Switzerland 1: Forwards Anton Lundell (Florida Panthers) and Kasper Simontaival (Los Angeles Kings) each scored a goal and had an assist for Finland in a preliminary Group A win against Switzerland.

Forwards Aku Raty (Arizona Coyotes) and Jusso Parssinnen (Nashville Predators) also scored for Finland. Forward Brad Lambert (2022 draft eligible) and defenseman Topi Niemela (Toronto Maple Leafs) each had two assists.

“I think the power play was very important,” Simontaival said. “We scored two goals in the third period on the power play. I think it was important to trust the process and get some goals. I think we’re playing better on the power play now.”

Attilio Biasca (2021 draft eligible) opened the scoring for Switzerland at 3:44 of the first period. Finland responded 36 seconds later when Lundell tied the game 1-1 at 4:20.

Finland outshot Switzerland 12-0 in the first seven minutes of the second period and took a 2-1 lead on Parssinen’s goal at 4:53. Raty and Simontaival scored in the third.

Finland outshot Switzerland 43-14.

Biasca’s goal is the only one in two games for Switzerland, which lost 1-0 in its opening game against Slovakia Dec. 25. It was the only shot against Finland goalie Roope Taponen (undrafted), who made 11 saves. 

Finland (2-0-0-0) has two days off before facing Slovakia on Wednesday. Switzerland (0-0-0-1) plays host Canada on Tuesday.


On tap for Day 3

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Canada vs. Slovakia (6 p.m. ET) — Canada (1-0-0-0) established its offensive credentials in a 16-2 win in Group A against shorthanded Germany on Saturday. Forward Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabres) led the way with a hat trick and finished with six points. For Slovakia (1-0-0-0), Roman Faith (2021 draft eligible) scored the goal and Simon Latkoczy (2021 draft eligible) had the 28-save shutout in its 1-0 win against Switzerland.

Russia vs. Czech Republic (9:30 p.m. ET) — Russia (1-0-0-0) is looking to take early command of Group B with a win against the Czech Republic (0-0-0-1), which lost 7-1 to Sweden on Saturday. Vasiliy Ponomarev (Hurricanes) was the star in a 5-3 win against the United States on Friday, scoring two goals, and Ilya Safonov (2021 draft eligible) scored the game-winner.

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