Finland and Germany will drop the puck at HSBC Arena for the first of two games on the IIHF World Junior schedule today.
Germany is still looking for its first win of the tournament after losing to Switzerland on Sunday and to Slovakia in overtime on Monday. The OT loss gives the Germans one point, putting them in last place of Group A.
Finland, meanwhile is in second place in Group A behind the United States. The Fins lost to the U.S. in overtime on Sunday then blanked the Swiss, 4-0, yesterday. Look for goaltender Joni Ortio to again anchor Finland as his 1.46 goals against average and 93.33 save percentage ranks sixth in the tournament. Joonas Nattinen has paced the Fins' offense with two goals in two goals
Check back for updates throughout the game.
FInal: Finland wins, 5-1.
5:19 p.m.: Puck drop!
16:32 left: And Germany is on the board. Tobias Rieder picked up a loose puck in the Finland zone and found himself alone in front of Ortio. A good deke Germany gets its first goal, but still trails, 4-1.
3:53 left: Add another goal for Finland, this one by Erik Haula, for a 5-1 lead.
4:28 p.m.: Puck drop! Germany begins the period with 1:06 left of a power play.
Goal correction: Officials changed the scoring on Finland's first-period goal, awarding the deflection to Joonas Nattinen.
13:37 left: Miikka Salomak picked up a loose puck in the Germany zone, skated to the middle of the ice and fired a shot past Grubauer to give Finland a 2-0 lead.
6:13 left: It's now a 3-0 Finland lead as Joonas Donskoi drove home a puck played out in front after a good round of pressure from his teammates. The Fins are out-shooting Germany, 13-3 this period.
4:41: Finland leads 4-0 after a goal by Jesse Virtanen. Germany changes its goalie putting in Niklas Treutle.
End of the second: Finland leads, 4-0. Overall, they hold a 32-14 advantage in shots.
3:39 p.m.: Puck drop! The stands are woefully empty for this game with a healthy amount of red in the stands as Team Canada fans are getting their game-on early. Canada plays Norway at 7:30.
10:20 left: Germany earns its second power play after Finland's Rasmus Rissanen was called for hitting from behind -- a two-minute power play with a 10-minute misconduct. The hit drew "oohs" from the sparse crowd. In the scoreless game robust choruses of "shoot it!" during power plays can be heard. I wonder if this is a trait unique to the North American fan or if other countries also heckle their own power play units.
4:01 left: Finland takes a 1-0 lead and advantage of a bouncing, deflecting puck. Tommi Kivisto took a shot from the point and Joel Armia redirected the puck past German goaltender Phillipp Grubauer.
End of the first: Finland holds a 1-0 lead. The period was rather even with the Fins holding a 13-10 advantage in shots. Germany had its chances, going 0-for-2 on the power play. They will start the second with 1:06 left on a power play from an interference call late in the period.
--- Amy Moritz