Finland Wins Second Gold in Three Years

A look at the happenings across minor league, college, junior, and amateur hockey from Tuesday:

*Finland won its second Gold Medal in three seasons with a 4-3 win in the title game of the World Junior Championships in Helsinki. After Andrei Svetlakov scored for Russia to tie the game, 3-3, to force overtime, Kasperi Kapanen scored 1:33 into the extra period.

*Team USA beat Sweden, 8-3, to win Bronze and earn its first medal since 2013. Bruins prospects Anders Bjork and Ryan Donato scored two goals apeice while Brandon Carlo had a goal and an assist. Matthew Tkachuk (2-1–3) joined Bjork and Donato as the multi-goal scorers for the Americans.

*Red Deer (WHL) extended its winning to three with a 4-3 win over Prince Albert on Tuesday. Bruins first round pick Jake DeBrusk – who posted a 5-5–10 line in his first four games, after he was traded to Red Deer from Swift Current – was held off the scoresheet for the first time in a Rebels sweater, but still managed a plus-two, landing four shots on net. Red Deer (27-13) is tied with Lethbridge for first place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

*Yale defeated UMass, 3-2, in overtime. Junior forward and Blackhawks prospect John Hayden scored the winner 3:13 into overtime, with Bruins prospect Rob O’Gara picking up the assist. It was just the fifth point of the season for O’Gara, whose numbers are down from 2014-15, when he was third on the team with 21 points.

Three Stars of the Night

Ryan Bowen, Moose Jaw (WHL). The Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) is an endangered species. So you have to appreciate it when it comes around. Bowen, a right winger in his first full season in major junior, scored two goals, assisted on another and logged five minutes in the penalty box for fighting in the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 win over Medicine Hat. Bowen, who turned 17 last month, will be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Paul Berrafato, Holy Cross. Berrafato made 10 of his 16 saves in the third period of the Crusaders’ 2-0 win over American International, their unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1). The sophomore is 11-4-1 in 17 games (15 starts). Berrafato’s 2.06 GAA ranks ninth nationally among goaltenders who have played 15 or more games this season.

John Hayden, Yale. The junior scored twice, the latter being the winner in overtime in Yale’s 3-2 win over UMass on Tuesday. Hayden, a 2013 third-round pick by Chicago, has five goals in his last three games.


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